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Investigators seek return of Ben Ali wealth
Extravagant lifesyle of the family of former Tunisian president bred anger and helped lead to his downfall.
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 10:53

The family of Tunisia's former leader, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, had a reputation for leading an excessively extravagant lifestyle that angered many people and helped lead to their downfall.

Now, almost a year after the Ben Ali's fled the country, there is not much that remains of their lavish mansions; most of them were looted in the days following the revolution.

But it is estimated the family still took around $17bn with them when they left Tunisia - money that investigators say rightfully belongs to the country.

Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri reports from Hammamet.

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