Ben Ali’s fugitive son-in-law not in Seychelles

Updated 17 December 2012
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Ben Ali’s fugitive son-in-law not in Seychelles

VICTORIA, Seychelles: Seychelles on Saturday said the son-in-law of Tunisia's deposed ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left the country, and denied statements by Tunisian authorities that he had been arrested there.
“Sakhr El-Materi was briefly questioned at Seychelles international airport upon his arrival.... El Materi was not arrested as was reported by some international media,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
“He has subsequently left the Seychelles,” it said, without giving any details on where he went. Materi, who was convicted in absentia of corruption by a Tunisian court, had fled to Qatar just before the overthrow of his father-in-law's regime in last year's uprising, but the Gulf emirate agreed to expel him in September.
On Friday, an adviser to the Tunisian justice minister said that Materi was arrested when he tried to enter the Seychelles with an expired diplomatic passport and that he was interrogated by police on the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Tunisian Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri then said that Tunis would do everything to get Materi extradited.
“Sakhr El Materi went to the Seychelles after leaving Qatar. The Seychelles authorities opened an inquiry, because he was the subject of an international arrest warrant and because his passport had expired,” Bhiri said.
“The Tunisian authorities will do everything they can to get Sakhr El Materi extradited,” he said.
Ben Ali and his close family used to go on holiday to the Seychelles in secret prior to the revolution.
Said to be the ex-dictator's favorite son-in-law and long seen as a possible successor, Materi was sentenced in absentia last year to 16 years in prison and fined 97 million dinars ($ 61 million) for corruption and property fraud.
Married to Ben Ali's eldest daughter, Nesrine, the 31-year-old businessman owned Princess Holding and was active in virtually every economic sector. His properties have either been confiscated or placed under state administration. Tunis has called on countries hosting fugitive members of the Ben Ali family to bring them to trial and return their properties to Tunisia.


Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French extremist

Updated 24 May 2018
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Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French extremist

Qamishli, NORTHERN SYRIA: Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French militants Adrien Guihal, known as the voice that claimed 2016 attacks in France for Daesh group.
“The SDF’s intelligence services conducted an operation on May 19 that led to the capture of a group of extremists led by Adrien Guihal, known as Abu Osama Al-Faransi,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement.
Guihal was thought to be among the most dangerous members of the large French contingent in the ranks of Daesh, whose controlled huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria before collapsing last year.
The Kurdish forces controlling northeastern Syria have detained dozens of French Daesh members who have gone underground in recent months, including well-known figures such as Thomas Barnouin and Emilie Konig.
The SDF statement said Guihal was detained together with his wife, who was not identified.