Lebanese governor is charged with financial crimes

Prosecutor asks higher court to examine case against Riad Salameh

Riad Salameh

Lebanese central bank governor Riad Salameh was charged with embezzlement, money laundering and illicit enrichment today (February 23), after a lengthy investigation.

Raja Hamoush, the public prosecutor in Beirut, told news website The National he had filed the charges. He said he had also charged Salameh’s brother Raja and another central bank official, Marianne Hoayek. The charges have been passed on to an investigative judge.

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