Belhassen Trabelsi

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Belhassen Trabelsi
Born Tunisia
Residence Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Nationality TunisiaTunisian
Occupation Businessman
Political party Constitutional Democratic Rally
Children 5[1]

Belhassen Trabelsi is a Tunisian businessman. He is the brother of Leïla Ben Ali, wife of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.[2]


He sat on the Board of Banque de Tunisie.[2][3] He owns 65% of KoralBlue Airlines.[3][4] He also owns the Karthago Group, including Karthago Airlines and Kathago Hotels.[5] He became the CEO of Nouvelair in 2008.[6] He was a senior official in the now defunct Constitutional Democratic Rally.[5]

Rumors were widespread about his arrest in Tunisia on January 14, 2011, as he was trying to flee Tunisia and meet with family members in Lyon, France.[7] His house in Sokra, 10 miles (16 km) away from Tunis, has been looted.[8][9][10][11][12] He is currently in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] On January 28, 2011, Canadian foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon was quoted as having said that Trabelsi was no longer welcome in Canada and was to be arrested. However, Cannon also went on to say that Trabelsi has applied for refugee status and is therefore entitled to 'due process' under Canadian law, which could take years to settle.[13] In May 2016, Belhassen Travelsi was found to be missing by Canadian authorities. He was scheduled to be deported to Tunisia the following day, on May 31, 2016, in order to start the arbitration process with the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission.[14]


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  2. ^ a b Robin Wigglesworth, 'US warns of ‘flow of illicit assets’ from Tunisia', 20 January 2011, The Financial Times [1]
  3. ^ a b Jeune Afrique, Issues 2468-2476, 2008, p. 10
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 102. 
  5. ^ a b Roulah Kalaf, 'Looters strip homes of Ben Ali relatives', The Financial Times, 16 January 2011 [2]
  6. ^ Leaders Archived January 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Dernières Nouvelles d'Algérie
  8. ^ "Looted home of Tunisia's ex-president's brother-in-law". BBC News. 19 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Ganley, Elaine; Bouazza, Ben (22 October 2011). "Tunisia descends into riot chaos". The Independent. London. Associated Press. 
  10. ^ Yahoo News
  11. ^ Washington Times[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Eleanor Beardsley (18 January 2011). "Tunisians Loot Lavish Homes Of Former Ruling Clan". All Things Considered. NPR. 
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