Tunisia’s ousted president stashed cash, gold, diamonds and other precious items in secret spots in his palace in Tunis according to state television.
Film footage of just one of his safes showed the extent of the former leader’s wealth, with large wads of 500 euro notes, as well as other treasures, including priceless jewellery.
The Tunisian broadcast said the riches would be redistributed to the people. The EU, France, Switzerland and Canada say they have all frozen the assets of Ben Ali and his family entourage. Those are thought to total tens to hundreds of millions of euros.
Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled last month after 23 years of authoritarian rule.