Audit of Lebanese central bank reveals huge shortfalls

US, UK and Canada place personal sanctions on ex-governor Salameh

Central Bank of Lebanon
The Central Bank of Lebanon
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A long-delayed independent audit of Lebanon’s central bank has made significant allegations against the institution’s former governor.

The report by US firm Alvarez & Marsal said the central bank lost tens of billions of dollars of commercial lenders’ assets on a sovereign debt support scheme. It also said $111 million of Central Bank of Lebanon funds appeared to have been diverted to the former governor, Riad Salameh.

Alvarez & Marsal was first appointed to audit the central bank in late 2020

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