Salameh Targeted in French Legal Complaint


Two associations said on Monday they had filed a legal complaint against Lebanon’s central bank governor Riad Salameh whom they accuse of fraudulently amassing a large fortune in Europe.

The Sherpa NGO, which specialises in fighting financial crime, and the “Collective of victims of fraudulent and criminal activities in Lebanon” said they were also targeting Salameh’s brother Raja, his son Nadi, his nephew as well as a close associate at the central bank, Marianne Hoayek, in the case.

Last month, Swiss media reported that prosecutors there were tracking Salameh’s suspected fund movements, and the Swiss attorney general’s office said in January it was investigating “aggravated money laundering… in connection with possible embezzlement” to the detriment of the Lebanese central bank.

The French complaint, filed on April 30, calls for an international probe of an alleged  conspiracy to launder money, receive laundered money, commit fraud and engage in fraudulent commercial practices, among other accusations.

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