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Beirut attorney general won't prosecute central bank chief

Image credits: Lebanon's Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh smiles during an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

Beirut Attorney General Judge Ziad Abu Haidar on Tuesday rejected anew to press charges against Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh as requested in a memo sent to him by State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat, LBCI TV reported.

Abu Haidar again referred the file to the Financial Prosecution, arguing that the jurisdiction belongs to it and that Salameh is suspected of committing offenses related to “public funds embezzlement, illicit enrichment and money laundering,” LBCI said.

The TV network also noted that the Financial Prosecution had refused to receive the file from Abu Haidar, arguing that the suspected offenses do not fall under its jurisdiction.

Source: Naharnet.com

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