Tunisian relatives of ousted president in Montreal

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Relatives of Tunisia’s ousted president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, have arrived in Canada. However, the federal government quickly made it clear that “deposed members of the former Tunisian regime and their immediate families are not welcome in Canada.” One of Ben Ali’s many brothers-in-law arrived in Montreal aboard a private jet accompanied by his wife, their children and a governess. Ben Ali’s wife, Leila Trabelsi, has several brothers, but it was unclear which one had arrived in Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Department spokesman Douglas Kellam said in an email that Tunisians need visas to enter Canada, and that visas are only issued to people who are expected to return to their home countries. “Given that members of the regime cannot return to Tunisia, that would be a challenge,” he said. “Mr. Ben Ali, deposed members of the former Tunisian regime and their immediate families are not welcome in Canada.” Kellam added that “appropriate action” would be taken if it is found someone not wanted in Canada has managed to get here. Members of Ben Ali’s family have reportedly checked into a hotel in Montreal. (canada.com)

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