Members of the family of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali arrived in Montreal yesterday, officials said a government source in Ottawa. This source confirmed to AFP, without going into details, information given by the Journal de Quebec on its website.
According to him, a brother of the wife of Ben Ali, his wife, their two children and their governess landed Friday morning aboard a private jet at the international airport of Montreal-Trudeau. The newspaper was not able to give the exact identity of the family, the wife of Ben Ali, Leila Trabelsi, with several brothers.
Travelers would be arrested at a hotel in the west of Montreal.
The son of the deposed president, businessman Mohamed Sakhr Al-Materi, Montreal has a stately villa in the upscale neighborhood of Westmount, he bought two years ago for 2.5 million Canadian dollars. According to an AFP survey on site, the house is currently unoccupied and partially under construction.
Mr. Ben Ali has taken refuge in Saudi Arabia. Several European countries have frozen his assets and those of his family, which was highly enriched during his presidency.