Salameh, who has been in charge of the Central Bank since 1993, is also facing charges in Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom.
The investigation opened in Lebanon responds to a request from Swiss Attorney General’s Office that brought a probe into alleged US$ 300 million embezzlement by Salameh and his brother.
Judge Tannous is planning to question Salameh on charges of embezzlement, forgery, unjust enrichment, money laundering and tax evasion, according to a judicial source.
Local specialists hold Salameh accountable for the Lebanon´s ongoing financial plight, although there has been so far no serious accusation on that ground or calls for him to be removed from his position.
In people´s perception, Salameh’s banking schemes aided to enrich a ruling class that still remains in power.
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