Lebanese justice will question Banque du Liban (BDL) governor Riyad Salame in early August on charges of embezzlement of public funds and tax evasion, according to a source quoted by AFP. An investigation into the governor’s fate was launched by the Lebanese Justice just two months earlier, while Riyadh Salame is the subject of ongoing investigations in Switzerland and France, as well as a complaint in the United Kingdom. United.
According to the judicial source, it is the Deputy Prosecutor in Cassation Court, Jean Tannes, who will be responsible for questioning Riyadh Salam for “embezzlement of public funds, illegal enrichment, money laundering and tax evasion” in early August. The local investigation “will surpass” the investigation initiated in Europe, confirms the same source that the decision to question the governor “and the proceedings brought against him is based on internal and external data” that required his questioning. it occurs.
Having already been targeted for several months by an investigation in Switzerland “increased money laundering in connection with possible embezzlement of Banque du Lebanon losses”, two complaints were filed in France in April against Riyadh Salam, who was there. Owns several properties. In early July the French investigation was handed over to the anti-corruption investigation judges. In particular, it should make it possible to clarify the origin of the rich real estate heritage of the financier.
Arrived as the head of the BDL in 1993, 71-year-old Riyadh Salame, like political leaders, is suspected by part of the population of leading the country and transferring large sums of money to it. During the popular protests of October 2019, parallel banking restrictions on Lebanese forex accounts. Riyadh Salame has since defended himself in the media, considering himself a “scapegoat” and claiming that he had made that legacy fruitful after taking over at the BDL in 1993.
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Lebanese justices will question Banque du Liban (BDL) governor Riyad Salame in early August on charges of embezzlement of public funds and tax evasion, according to a source quoted by AFP. The investigation into the governor’s fate by the Lebanese Justice was opened just two months ago, while Riyadh Salaam is also the subject of an ongoing investigation…