Tunisian former regime figure manages to leave Turkey despite extradition request   2013-01-05 03:47:23            

TUNIS, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Saida Agrebi, a key figure in Tunisian former regime, has left Turkey for France despite an extradition request by Tunisian authority, the official TAP press agency reported Friday.

Tunisian judicial authority on Thursday asked Turkey to extradite Agrebi, who has been under an international search warrant since she fled Tunisia on July 30, 2011.

The extradition request was made after Agrebi was found attending an international conference in Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday.

At Wednesday's conference, Agrebi received a prize from Turkish social affairs minister, prompting the Tunisian official delegation to leave the room in protest.

However, TAP quoted a justice ministry spokesman as saying on Friday that Agrebi has left Turkey for France, where she has been residing since her flight from Tunisia.

A key figure under former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's rule, as well as a close friend of the Ben Ali couple, Agrebi has been wanted for corruption charges.

Agrebi is the second key figure of Tunisian former regime who has managed to evade Tunisian extradition requests. Last month, Sakhr El Materi, Ben Ali's son-in-law, was briefly questioned at a Seychelles airport before being authorized to leave the island despite Tunisia's calls for extradition.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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