EU Just Froze $132 Million In Lebanese Assets Over Money Laundering Concerns

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The EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) issued a statement on Monday, announcing the freezing of 120 million Euros ($132 Million) in Lebanese assets linked to a money-laundering investigation.

French, German, and Luxemburg authorities froze the assets along with five properties in Germany and France based on investigations in Lebanon on March 25.

“The main investigation is directed against five suspects accused of money laundering. They are suspected of embezzling public funds in Lebanon for amounts of more than USD 330 million and EUR 5 million, respectively, between 2002 and 2021,” said Eurojust.

The EU agency, which is based in The Hague, indicated that on March 25, the German judiciary seized three properties (one in Hamburg and two in Munich), and “shares in a property company based in Düsseldorf were also secured.”

In addition to properties seized, the value of EUR 28 million and EUR 7 million were also seized by the German authorities.

In France, the authorities confiscated two properties in Paris of a value of EUR 16 million, “as well as several bank accounts in France (EUR 2.2 million) and Monaco (EUR 46 million), and a building in Brussels worth EUR 7 million,” per the press release.

Luxembourg authorities also seized EUR 11 million from various bank accounts.

“Despite the outcome of the action day, the suspects in the main investigation are assumed to be innocent until they have been proven guilty, according to law,” declared Eurojust.

The names of the said suspects are yet to be revealed to the public by the agency.

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