Lebanon receives Interpol red notice for central bank chief

Lebanon receives Interpol red notice for central bank chief

BEIRUT – Lebanon has received an Interpol notice issued for its central bank governor Riad Salameh, the country’s caretaker interior minister Bassam Mawlawi told Reuters on Friday, saying he would implement it if the judiciary instructed him to do so.

The notice was issued after France put out its own arrest warrant for Salameh as part of its investigation into whether the governor embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds, an accusation he denies.

It is the first known warrant issued in connection with any of the five foreign investigations being carried out into the 72-year-old Lebanese central bank governor.