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Offbeat The Sherpa Association complains in France against the governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon

17:50  03 may  2021
17:50  03 may  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Le gouverneur de la banque centrale du Liban, Riad Salamé, le 11 novembre 2019. © Mohamed Azakir, Reuters (Archives) The Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salamé, November 11, 2019.

The Association To fight against the Sherpa corruption has filed a complaint in France against Riad Salamé, the Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, for suspicion of poorly acquired property, said Monday to Reuters a manager of the organization. These suspicions relate to real estate in France worth several million euros.

While Lebanon is hit hard by an economic and political crisis , the governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salamé, is aimed at a complaint filed in France by the Sherpa Association for suspicions of poor property Acquired, said Monday, May 3 in Reuters, a leader of the NGO, Laura Rousseau.

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filed on Friday, the complaint focuses on real estate in France worth several million euros, said Laura Rousseau.

The Association of Fight Against Corruption had previously indicated that a complaint had been filed, in collaboration with the collective of the victims of fraudulent and criminal practices in Lebanon, before the French National Procuratoration (PNF) French for corruption and whitening. money in and outside the country of cedar.

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The press release of the association does not reveal the identity of the persons concerned, but it specifies that "the complaint filed is not aimed. Only bleaching facts related to the externalization of considerable capital from the fall of 2019, but also the suspicious conditions in which private or public officials have been acquired in recent years in the French territory of the French Real estate sometimes very luxurious ".

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Solicited, the PNF was not available immediately for a comment.

Fight against corruption

For its part, Riad Salamé reacted Monday to Reuters by asserting having acquired its property in France before taking office at the Central Bank of Lebanon. In the past, he has already denied the accusations of corruption in his counter, saying to be the object of a denigration campaign.

"The ultimate goal of this poorly acquired property is the return of assets to the Lebanese population that has been spoiled and the fight against corruption," the Sherpa association underlines.

The NGO recalls that Transparency International, which measures the degree of perception of corruption at the global level, ranked Lebanon at 149th in 180 of its study .

Sherpa and other non-governmental organizations have filed similar complaints in the past, including one against Rifaat al-Assad, Uncle of Syrian President Bachar Al-Assad, recently convicted by French justice at a four-year sentence in prison for Whitening.

Lebanon is immersed in its deepest crisis, at the political and economic level, since the 1975-1990 civil war, on the bottom of distrust of elites, accused of corruption. Paris has been for eight months at the head of international efforts to release Lebanon from this crisis.

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