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‹ All affected people in TunisiaBelhassen Trabelsiبلحسن الطرابلسي

Portrait Belhassen Trabelsi

Brother-in-law of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is a businessman. As one of the most powerful members of the former Tunisian regime, he was convicted for corruption in absentia in 2011 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Belhassen resided in Canada for several years but he has disappeared off the radar of Canadian authorities when threatened with deportation. 1, 2, 3


Identifying information
Brother-in-law of Ben Ali
Date of birth
Place of birth
Tunisia, Tunis
First and middle name(s)
Belhassen Ben Mohamed Ben Rhouma
Family members
Leila Trabelsi (sister), Mohamed Fares Trabelsi (son), Zaina Trabelsi (daughter), Asma Trabelsi (daughter), Syrine Trabelsi (daughter), Soufia Trabelsi (daughter), Saida Dherif (mother)
Family members subject to sanctions
Suspected or confirmed links to legal entities

Zenade Resources Limited 1

Suspected or confirmed links to bank accounts

Assets in Canada 1

Estimates of assets returned

CHF40 million from Switzerland 1

Type of sanctions
Asset freeze and prohibition to make funds available
Start of sanctions