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Lebanon to question Central Bank Governor Salameh on Aug. 5

Beirut, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese Judge Jean Tannous will question Central Bank (Banque du Liban) Governor Riad Salameh on August 5 on suspicions of embezzlement, money laundering and tax evasion.

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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