The wife of Tunisias ousted ruler Leila Trabelsi has fled the country with 1.5 tonnes of gold worth more than £35million, it was revealed on Monday. President Zine al-Abidine Ben Alis wife Leila is said to have ordered the Tunisian central bank chief to hand over the gold bars last week. When the official refused, she begged her husband to authorise the release of the bullion and he gave in to her demands, Le Monde reported. After taking the gold, Mrs Ben Ali flew to Dubai then to the Saudi capital Jeddah to join her husband. Much of the familys £3.5billion fortune is thought to be in France, where officials said suspicious assets would be frozen.