The Ben Ali family private jet

Swiss Foreign Monister, Micheline Calmy-Rey wants to return money to Tunisia, but needs the UN to adopt sanctions. How about the Ben Ali family private jet impounded in January?

On 10 January a Dassault Falcon 900, registered as TS-JSM and supposed to belong to Mohamed Sakhr El Materi (of the Ben Ali clan), landed in Geneva. Shortly afterwards, as a result of the Arab Spring which started in Tunisia, the aircraft was effectively impounded, although the Geneva Airport authorities maintained their habitual radio silence on the affair.

On May 18 this aircraft, with its registration details covered over, was photographed with the World Trade Centre in the background, and with a comment that it was awaiting sale.

The Swiss Foreign Mimister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, speaking this week in Tunisia, called on the United Nations to impose sanctions on Tunisia. The reason for this paradoxical request is that this is necessary for Switzerland to be able declare the source of assets as illicit, and hence inform the Tunisian authorities what are these assets (mainly bank accounts, of course). From her speech it is easily seen that she and the Swiss government would like to be able to return them, but are blocked by Switzerland's own legislation.

All of which makes me wonder if the Falcon 900 was actually available for sale, and by whom? There is no sign of the aircraft having left Geneva, but it could possibly have left after being given a completely new identity.

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Mike mon ami,

J'ai une bonne question ?

N'est ce pas un des ex - avion de la Présidence française par hasard vendu au clan BEN ALI pour des cacahuètes et revenir financer la campagne présidentielle.

Si tu peux éclairer ma lanterne j'en serai content.

Merci d'avance.


Posted by: moimeme | 10/01/2011


Je n'ai aucune idée: ce qui m'intéresse, c'est la question de l'avenir de cet avion.

Posted by: Mike Gerard | 10/01/2011

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