BEIRUT – Mount Lebanon Public Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun Thursday issued a decision banning five bank CEOs from traveling, a judicial source told L’Orient Today.
Here’s what we know:
• According to the source, the five bank CEOs are Bank Audi’s Samir Hanna, Societe Generale’s Antoun Sehnawi, Blom Bank’s Saad Azhari, Bank Med CEO and the former Interior Minister Raya El Hassan and the head of the Association of Banks in Lebanon and Bank of Beirut Salim Sfeir.
• Earlier today President Aoun denied rumors about one of his consultants meeting some bank CEOs at the presidential palace.
• Last month, Aoun charged the director-general of the Internal Security Forces, Maj. Gen. Imad Othman, with obstructing the implementation of a judicial warrant and breaching the duties of his job.
• The charge followed allegations that the ISF impeded efforts to apprehend central bank Governor Riad Salameh and bring him in for questioning under a subpoena issued by Judge Aoun. Salameh had failed to appear for questioning on three occasions in relation to a suit filed against him by lawyers representing the civil society group The People Want to Reform the System, which accuses the Banque du Liban governor of embezzlement, wasting public funds, illegal enrichment and money laundering.