Lebanese authorities detained in Beirut several individuals involved in the alleged smuggling of a sum of $9 million in cash from Turkey.
Although the information regarding the incident remains inconsistent, here is what has been revealed so far.
On Saturday, July 4th, a private jet arrived at the Beirut-Rafik Hariri International Airport from Turkey, transporting $5 million in cash. The next day, a different private plane also landed in the airport, carrying another $4 million.
After the interrogations revealed contradictions in the detainees’ narratives, the real source and purpose of the money became a bigger cause of concern for Lebanese authorities.
Perhaps the question that concerns them the most at the moment is what Minister Fehmi asked in his press release: “What brought these people to Lebanon carrying this money?”
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