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Lebanon summons central bank chief over corruption allegations
20 Jul 2021

A prosecutor in Lebanon has summoned central bank chief Riad Salameh for questioning next month over corruption allegations, a judicial source said on Monday.

Mr Salameh, one of world’s longest-serving central bank governors, is facing a series of allegations, including from Switzerland, France and Britain, over suspicions of money laundering, embezzlement and fraud.

Lebanon opened an investigation into Mr Salameh’s wealth in April, after the Swiss attorney general requested assistance in an investigation into more than $300 million that Mr Salameh allegedly embezzled out of the central bank with the help of his brother.

Mr Salameh has denied the accusations.

In August, Lebanese prosecutor Jean Tannous will question Mr Salameh about allegations of “embezzlement, forgery, illicit enrichment, money laundering and tax evasion”, the judicial source said.

The decision to interrogate him is “based on information coming from Lebanon and abroad”, the source said.

The investigation overlaps with similar cases in other countries, they said.

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