The noose is tightening around Riad Salamé, the powerful governor of the Lebanese central bank, worried by an investigation in Switzerland for “aggravated money laundering”. A news received favorably by part of the Lebanese, eager for justice in the midst of the economic and financial crisis.
The case is on everyone’s lips. The powerful governor of the Lebanese central bank in office since 1993, Riad Salamé, is the subject of an investigation in Switzerland for suspicions of “aggravated money laundering in connection with possible embezzlement of funds to the detriment of the Bank of Lebanon ”.
The Swiss justice communicated to the Lebanese authorities, on January 19, an official request for mutual legal assistance within the framework of this criminal investigation. According to the daily Al-Akhbar, which quotes judicial sources, the investigation would relate to no less than 400 million dollars transferred to accounts in Switzerland. The same newspaper, close to the Shiite Hezbollah party and fervent critic of the governor, also claims that two other personalities close to the governor are mentioned in the file: his brother, Raja Salamé, and his assistant at the central bank, Marianne Hoayek.