French prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Lebanese governor

Salameh condemns move and calls for Lebanon to end co-operation with European investigations

HE Riad Salameh
Riad Salameh
Photo: Alamy/Bodo Marks

Prosecutors in France issued an international arrest warrant for Lebanon’s central bank governor on charges of financial crimes, Reuters reported on May 16.

The warrant was issued after a judicial hearing in Paris heard evidence from French magistrate Aude Buresi, who has been investigating allegations that Riad Salameh, his brother Raja and central bank official Marianne Howayek unlawfully enriched themselves with up to $500 million in central bank funds.

Both Salameh brothers have strongly

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