Belhassen Trabelsi

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Belhassen Trabelsi
Political partyConstitutional Democratic Rally

Belhassen Trabelsi is a Tunisian businessman. He is the brother of Leïla Ben Ali, wife of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.[1]


He sat on the Board of Banque de Tunisie.[1][2] He owns 65% of KoralBlue Airlines.[2][3] He also owns the Karthago Group, including Karthago Airlines and Kathago Hotels.[4] He became the CEO of Nouvelair in 2008.[5] He was a senior official in the now defunct Constitutional Democratic Rally.[4]

Rumors were widespread about his arrest in Tunisia on 14 January 2011, as he was trying to flee Tunisia and meet with family members in Lyon, France.[6] His house in Sokra, 10 miles (16 km) away from Tunis, has been looted.[7][8][9][10][11] He is currently in An unknown place.[12] On 28 January 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 31 May 2016, to start the arbitration process with the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission.[14]


  1. ^ a b Robin Wigglesworth, 'US warns of ‘flow of illicit assets’ from Tunisia', 20 January 2011, Financial Times [1]
  2. ^ a b Jeune Afrique (in French). Groupe Jeune Afrique. 2008.
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 102.
  4. ^ a b Roulah Kalaf, 'Looters strip homes of Ben Ali relatives', Financial Times, 16 January 2011 [2]
  5. ^ Leaders Archived 28 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Dernières Nouvelles d'Algérie
  7. ^ "Looted home of Tunisia's ex-president's brother-in-law". BBC News. 19 January 2011.
  8. ^ Ganley, Elaine; Bouazza, Ben (22 October 2011). "Tunisia descends into riot chaos". The Independent. London. Associated Press.
  9. ^ Yahoo News
  10. ^ Washington Times[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Eleanor Beardsley (18 January 2011). "Tunisians Loot Lavish Homes of Former Ruling Clan". All Things Considered. NPR.
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  14. ^ " – Resources and Information". Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2018.