In a statement, the Finance Ministry said on Saturday: “According to legal formalities, Minister Wazni did not receive any letter from the Central Bank Governor on the forensic financial audit at the end of his official working hours on Friday 12/2/2020.”
Considering that all media outlets were informed of that letter, except apparently the required official recipient, the Ministry’s statement issued in what seems a clear sarcasm, “unless there are new legal principles, namely correspondences through the media.”
The news, which is now a subject of controversy, came on Friday as a positive development since BDL’s full compliance would have paved the way for a new contract with Alvarez & Marsal, and eventually the IMF’s financial support that Lebanon urgently needs.
It’s noteworthy to mention that an official source previously told local media reporters that the Finance Ministry had hoped that BDL will give its final approval for full forensic auditing of all the accounts.
However now, the Finance Minister is just as confused as the public, who have been waiting for information regarding suspicious accounts operating at BDL for months now.