The Non-Profit Organization Sherpa affirmed in a statement that it had filed a lawsuit, jointly with a group of lawyers, before the French Financial Prosecutor over allegations of corruption and money laundering in Lebanon.
“The lawsuit doesn’t only include money laundering, but also the fall of 2019 crisis as well as the acquisition of some luxury properties in France by Lebanese private sector or public officials in the past few years,” the statement revealed.
An official in the Sherpa Organization explained that the lawsuit targets the Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salameh, his brother and one of his associates.
The Head of Illicit Financial Flows program at Association Sherpa, Laura Rousseau, told Reuters that the lawsuit filed on Friday is related to property assets worth millions of euros in France.
In response to the lawsuit filed against the Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salameh, for owning real estate assets worth millions of euros in France, the latter confirmed that the present real properties were acquired before he took office.
Salameh told Reuters that he proved the source of his wealth and submitted documents “on several occasions” that confirm to have owned $ 23 million in 1993 before entering the position of governor of the Banque du Liban.