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After the “US Treasury” sanctions… Who is Riad Salameh, the former governor of the Banque du Liban?


The name of the former Governor of the Banque du Liban, Riad Salameh, who bid farewell to his post last May after 30 years, in which he drew Lebanon’s economic policies to the fore, returned after the US Treasury Department’s decision to impose sanctions on him and others today, Thursday.

Salameh faces accusations of corruption at home, at a time when France and Germany are calling for his extradition on charges of money laundering, and Salameh denies committing any crimes. According to BBC.

The Lebanese authorities had announced the detention of the passports of the Governor of the Banque du Liban, Riad Salameh, and prevented him from traveling and leaving the Lebanese territory after his interrogation.

A French judge issued an international arrest warrant for the governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salameh.

“Al-Dustour” reviews, in the following lines, the most important information about the former Governor of the Banque du Liban.

Riad Salameh was born on July 17, 1950.
– Riad Salameh held the position of Governor of the Banque du Liban from August 1993 to July 2023.
Salameh won the Euromoney Award for Best Central Bank Governor in the Middle East in 2005.
He also won the award for best central bank governor in the world in 2006.
– In August 2021, the Public Prosecution Office of the Court of Cassation in Lebanon interrogated Riad Salameh, in cases of embezzlement of public funds and tax evasion.
Salama is subject to investigation in Lebanon and at least four European countries.

– On July 31, 2023, his term at the head of the Banque du Liban, which was nearly 30 years, ended.

On August 10, the US Treasury Department announced the imposition of sanctions against Salameh and a number of other Lebanese personalities.

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