Authorities in the island country of Seychelles announced on Saturday, December 15, that Sakher El Materi, son-in-law of ousted president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, left the island following an interrogation, reported French radio Europe 1.
Based on a statement by Seychelles’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, El Materi was briefly questioned at the Seychelles International Airport upon arrival before being released.
The statement did not indicate where he came from and his destination subsequent to fleeing the Seychelles. The island’s government added that it had taken note of a request by the Tunisian government to return El Materi to Tunisia.
The escape of El Materi caught the attention of the Tunisian Ambassador to Ethiopia Mokhtar Chouachi, who is in charge of diplomatic affairs in Seychelles as well.
Chouachi said in a statement to Mosaique FM that there is no doubt that Seychelles authorities were complicit in the escape of El Materi from the island.
The ambassador added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the Seychelles authorities to detain El Materi upon his arrival in the island.