Luxembourg asks Lebanon for information regarding Riad Salameh’s accounts

Luxembourg asks Lebanon for information regarding Riad Salameh’s accounts
Luxembourg asks Lebanon for information regarding Riad Salameh’s accounts
A high-ranking Lebanese judicial source confirmed to “Reuters” that Lebanon received a letter from the Luxembourg authorities requesting information regarding the accounts and assets of Banque du Liban Governor Riad Salameh.

The source did not give details.

A spokesman for the Luxembourg judiciary confirmed in November that he had opened a “criminal case” related to the safety of his companies and assets, and declined to provide more information at the time, according to “Reuters”.

For his part, Salameh said that the request for cooperation is a normal procedure and not a “law suit.” He added that if they had filed a legal case, they would not need assistance in the investigation.

Salameh denied reports that the Luxembourg authorities had charged him, and said that Switzerland and France had previously requested similar cooperation from Lebanon.

The Swiss attorney general’s office said last year that it had requested legal assistance from Lebanon as part of an investigation into “massive money laundering” and the possible embezzlement of more than $300 million under Salameh’s presidency of the Banque du Liban.

France and Liechtenstein have also opened investigations into allegations of money laundering in connection with Salameh.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat yesterday, Salameh confirmed that the campaign he is being subjected to are “political reasons.” He added that all the weaknesses that led to the current Lebanese crisis were confined to his person, “which is illogical, and its goal is to demonize me and turn me into a scapegoat.”

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He continued, “During the past two years, the Banque du Liban was the only institution that financed the public and private sectors… and we addressed all concerns, especially those that were talking about an upcoming famine. We mitigated the severity of the crisis through the dollars that we had collected proactively, especially since we did not receive any help from outside, and on the contrary, Lebanon’s image was being destroyed with the aim of pushing towards a major collapse. It may be part of the curse that we did not allow this collapse to happen. Today, there is a government and serious intentions to restore the country, and they do not start from a broken system, but from an existing system that can be reformed.”

Salameh responded to the judicial procedures taken against him, saying: “All the decisions issued by Judge Ghada Aoun are populist, given that the Court of Cassation was clear that it had no authority. In addition, I submitted a request for Judge Aoun to be dismissed because there are evidences confirming that she was a personal enmity to me. Whether through her tweets on Twitter or through reports she submitted abroad against me, how can a judge be a judge and an opponent at the same time?

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