BEIRUT — The recently-dismissed prosecutor general at the Court of Appeal of Mount Lebanon, Ghada Aoun, filed a lawsuit against BankMed, the lawyers' collective "The people want the reform of the regime" announced Tuesday evening.
The lawsuit specifically targets the chairwoman of BankMed's board of directors, Raya al-Hassan, but also against any board member or auditor whose involvement may be proven by the investigation.
The magistrate referred the case to the first investigating judge of Mount Lebanon, Nicolas Mansour
The lawsuit was filed following a complaint filed by the lawyers' collective against several banks, including BankMed, for illicit enrichment, money laundering and other financial crimes.
According to a senior judicial source, Aoun recently filed a lawsuit against the Société générale de Banque au Liban (SGBL) and the Audi Bank after these institutions refused to lift the bank secrecy on the accounts of their CEOs and board members at her request.
Ghada Aoun was dismissed by the disciplinary council of judges on Thursday, but she appealed the decision to the Higher Judicial Disciplinary Commission. She is permitted to continue her work as long as the appeal verdict is still pending.
There is no legal deadline for the verdict.
Since the beginning of the economic crisis, Aoun has taken legal action against several banking institutions. A tug-of-war continues between some judges and the banking sector, which imposed informal restrictions on depositors' access to their foreign currency funds, without a capital control law.