Lebanon’s Central Bank Governor Will Be Interrogated Next Week

Riad Salameh's Speech

Central bank governor Riad Salameh will be questioned regarding charges of dereliction of duty, breach of trust, and violating an administrative regulation over the alleged misuse of millions of dollars, according to the National News Agency.

Suspicious work by the Central Bank was detected by Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun in the mechanism providing dollars at a subsidized rate to importers.

Instead, some currency exchangers were making a profit by selling these dollars on the black market, according to NNA.

Judge Aoun hence charged both Salameh and Maya Dabbagh, the head of the Banking Control Commission, and referred the case to the first Investigating Judge in Mount Lebanon, Nicolas Mansour.

Jude Mansour is set to begin with the interrogation of Salameh early next week, on February 8th.

Meanwhile, Riad Salameh remains under investigation by Judge Ghassan Oueidat assisting the Swiss judiciary upon its request.

Judge Oueidat has already ordered the Central Bank Governor and other officials to submit all the information requested by the Swiss Judiciary, including documents of financial transfers.

Judge Oueidat is expected to send his reply to the Swiss authorities by next Thursday.

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