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How dictators stash their cash 101: How can Egypt track stolen assets?

A first step is identifying where assets are held. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is said to have billions stashed in bank accounts from Dubai to Switzerland.

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It's a multibillion-dollar question: When does an autocrat's wealth become illicit? Often only after his ouster, as seen in efforts to freeze accounts of Egypt and Tunisia's deposed leaders. But how will the new governments in those countries retrieve ill-gotten gains?

A first step is identifying where assets are held. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is believed to have money in Swiss and offshore bank accounts, as well as invested in real estate in Egypt's Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, London, New York, and Los Angeles. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is thought to have billions of dollars in Dubai, southeast Asia, the Persian Gulf, and in Swiss accounts that were today frozen.


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