Lebanese Security Forces Just Raided Riad Salameh’s House

Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh’s house was raided by Lebanon’s state security agency on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

The raid was conducted to execute a subpoena issued by the Attorney General in Mount Lebanon, Judge Ghada Aoun, earlier this year.

Judge Aoun filed charges back in March against Riad Salameh for illegal enrichment and money laundering, following investigations by the French authorities in France.

The investigations by the French authorities uncovered that Salameh has been using, for years, millions in funds from Lebanon’s Central Bank for private purposes.

Salameh failed to respond to the summon of Judge Aoun for questioning back then, while his brother Raja, also accused of illicit enrichment and alleged embezzling, was arrested and detained. He was then released on bail of about $3.7 million in May.

Ghada Aoun had previously imposed a travel ban and froze some assets of Riad Salameh, who is also being investigated by FranceLuxemburg, and Switzerland for alleged money laundering.

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