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Lebanon: Salameh Says Allegations Against Him Are 'Fabrications'

Lebanon: Salameh Says Allegations Against Him Are 'Fabrications'

Tuesday, 19 January, 2021 - 10:45
Central Bank governor Riad Salameh- Reuters.

Lebanon’s central bank governor Riad Salameh said on Tuesday that all allegations about money transfers by him, his brother or his assistant are “fabrications and false news.”


The Central Bank issued the statement after Lebanon’s justice minister said she had received a request by Swiss judicial authorities for cooperation and a government official confirmed there was a European inquiry into money transfers by Salameh.


Lebanon's justice minister said on Tuesday she had received a request from Swiss judicial authorities to cooperate on an inquiry into money transfers by Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh.


A government official confirmed that Swiss authorities had opened an investigation into transfers by Salameh.


"Both the prime minister and the president are in the loop on the move," the official said.


"I have submitted the request to the public prosecutor to do what is necessary," Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm said.


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