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Tunisia Issues Arrest Warrant for Yasser Arafat’s Widow

November 01, 2011

(Updates with charges in second paragraph.)

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Tunisia issued an arrest warrant for Suha Arafat, widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Justice Ministry officials said.

The charges include “financial corruption,” Kadhem Zine El Abidine, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry, said by telephone today in Tunis. Earlier, another ministry spokesman, Chokri Nafti, said the charges related to the International School of Carthage, without providing further information.

The Arafat family moved to the capital, Tunis, in 1982 after the Palestinian Liberation Organization was forced out of Lebanon during Israel’s six-month invasion of the country. After the death of the Palestinian leader in 2004, Suha Arafat received a Tunisian passport. Her citizenship was revoked three years later following a dispute with the family of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Since the uprising that ousted Ben Ali in January, Tunisian courts have been pursuing people linked to the former regime on charges of corruption.

--Editors: Digby Lidstone, Digby Lidstone.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jihen Laghmari in Cairo at

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