Lebanon’s banks deny that 12 banks have financed operations against the...

  The headquarters of the Banks Association affected by the street movement and the Beirut Port explosion (France Press)

Oil "Association of Banks in LebanonRibs ie Lebanese banks In financing operations that took place in Iraq against the American army, and considered that the allegations propagated by defendants in the United States "are completely devoid of validity and credibility, and they are false and unrealistic allegations."

The association announced in a statement, this evening, Thursday, that the Single Civil Judge in New York State issued a preliminary decision regarding the lawsuit of some of the heirs of US military victims who were killed or injured in Iraq (known as the Bartlett case after one of the plaintiffs).

The statement clarified that the lawsuit “claimed that they had a number of clients Lebanese banks The twelve defendants had financially assisted Hezbollah through their accounts in these banks, and that the party contributed to the losses or damages that befell the plaintiff – always according to the plaintiff’s allegations.

The aforementioned judge declared the court’s preliminary authority to hear the case on the grounds of secondary liability if any of its elements, after he dismissed in favor of the banks the bases of primary responsibility, and added that the defendant banks can request the suspension of the enforcement of this preliminary decision with authority, pending what the New York Court of Appeal will issue of Decisions in similar cases, which are expected to be issued during the year 2021.

She pointed out that the initial ruling issued is related only to the court’s authority to hear the case that did not address the basis of the dispute.

The association concluded in its statement that the defendant Lebanese banks come back and confirm that the plaintiffs’ allegations are completely devoid of validity and credibility, which are flimsy and unrealistic allegations, as well as affirming their commitment to the global and local legal rules in force with regard to combating money laundering and combating terrorism.

She pointed out that “the false and null defendant banks will continue, through their lawyers in the United States of America, to defend their rights and legitimate dealings, dismiss lawsuits and refute the plaintiffs’ false allegations.”

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