Tunisia lifts warrant summoning Arafat's widow

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Posted: Dec 16, 2011 11:08 AM
Tunisia lifts warrant summoning Arafat's widow

The Justice Ministry says Tunisia has lifted a warrant summoning the widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat over a corruption scandal.

Ministry spokesman Kadhem Zine El Abidine said Friday that the investigating judge who had issued the warrant against Suha Arafat in October has since reversed that order.

The case centered on alleged embezzlement linked to the creation of The International School of Carthage outside Tunis, which she founded in 2006 with Leila Trabelsi _ the wife of former longtime Tunisia President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The warrant was not for arrest, but only a summoning for questioning. Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organization was long headquartered in Tunis.