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ASSET FREEZE

Judge Ghada Aoun issues freeze on all real estate and cars belonging to BDL Governor Riad Salameh

Judge Ghada Aoun issues freeze on all real estate and cars belonging to BDL Governor Riad Salameh

Last week, Judge Ghada Aoun issued a travel ban against Banque du Liban Governor Riad Salameh, prohibiting him from leaving the country via sea, land or air. (Credit: Joseph Eid/AFP)

BEIRUT — Mount Lebanon Public Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun issued a decision to freeze all real estate and cars belonging to the Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, the National News Agency reports.

Here’s what we know:

    • The asset freezes, according to the NNA, are part of a legal complaint lodged by lawyers belonging to a civil society group on behalf of Lebanese depositors, dubbed the “People Want to Reform the System” group, represented by its lawyers Haitham Ezzo and Pierre Gemayel.

    • A judicial source confirmed to L’Orient Today that Judge Ghada Aoun’s ruling can still be appealed by Salameh after he is legally informed of the decision.

    • Last week, Judge Ghada Aoun issued a travel ban against Banque du Liban Governor Riad Salameh, prohibiting him from leaving the country via sea, land or air.

    • The group filed a complaint against the BDL governor for embezzling and wasting public funds, along with illegal enrichment and money laundering.

    • People Want to Reform the System describes itself as an organization working to combat political, financial, security, judiciary and administrative corruption.

    • In November, Lichtenstein became the latest jurisdiction to begin an inquiry into shady financial practices involving Salameh, joining France, Luxembourg and Switzerland.


BEIRUT — Mount Lebanon Public Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun issued a decision to freeze all real estate and cars belonging to the Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, the National News Agency reports. Here’s what we know:    • The asset freezes, according to the NNA, are part of a legal complaint lodged by lawyers belonging to a civil society group on behalf of Lebanese depositors,...