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The chief of Lebanon's central bank is being investigated for money laundering.

Riad Salameh, the Governor of Lebanon's Central Bank, has been charged with money laundering and illegal enrichment, as has his brother.

Salameh, his wife, and his brother, according to prosecutor Ghada Aoun, facilitated money laundering through companies they owned.

Raha Salameh, his brother, was arrested last week on charges of embezzlement and money laundering.

The governor of the central bank did not show up for a hearing scheduled for Monday.

The allegations stem from a lawsuit filed by a group of lawyers last week.

Francoise Kamel, a member of the group, said the brothers were accused of embezzling public funds to benefit Salameh family businesses during Lebanon's worst financial crisis.

The banker who has been in charge of Lebanon's central bank, known as Banque du Liban, for 29 years is also being investigated in France and Switzerland.

In early 2021, Bloomberg reported that Swiss authorities are looking into allegations that Riad Salameh benefited indirectly from the central bank's sale of Lebanese Eurobonds.



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