The Attorney General in Mount Lebanon, Judge Ghada Aoun, issued on Thursday travel bans against the heads of five Lebanese banks while investigations into transactions are taking place.
She issued the travel ban against Salim Sfeir of Bank of Beirut, Samir Hanna of Bank Audi, Antoun Sehnaoui of SGBL, Saad Azhari of Blom Bank, and Raya Hassan of Bankmed.
Back in January, Judge Aoun ordered the freeze of some assets pertaining to Riad Salameh, the governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL). She then followed it with a summon for questioning over alleged financial misconduct. Salameh failed to attend, and a travel ban was issued against him.
That was the first decision taken by Lebanese authorities against the Governor of Central Bank who is also facing warrants overseas, namely in Lichtenstein, France, Luxemburg, and Switzerland that are investigating him for financial “wrong-doing.”
Lebanese banks are also facing many lawsuits issued by Lebanese and non-Lebanese nationals, for failing to release their money which they had trusted the banks with before the start of the economic crisis.