the transnational investigation comes up against Lebanese banking secrecy

A sign representing Riad Salamé (right), crossed out with the inscription “A stole my future”, in front of the Central Bank, in Beirut, on October 6, 2021. BILAL HUSSEIN / AP The investigation into the Salamé affair, named after the governor of the Banque du Liban (BDL), Riad Salamé, 71, suspected of laundering and embezzlement … Read more

Tarek Bitar, the model judge who disturbs the Lebanese caciques

During a demonstration in solidarity with judge Tarek Bitar, in Beirut, on September 29, 2021. HUSSEIN MALLA / AP The appearances of Judge Tarek Bitar can be summed up in a photo, a sober portrait where there is no slight smile, pinned on the posters of his supporters and his detractors in Lebanon. His discretion … Read more

In Lebanon, Hezbollah warns Lebanese Forces against escalating violence

A Hezbollah man fires in the air during the funeral of members of the Shiite movement who were killed during the demonstration on October 14, held outside the Beirut courthouse, to demand the dismissal of the judge in charge of the investigation into the devastating explosion at the port in August 2020. IBRAHIM AMRO / … Read more

the Lebanese politico-financial elite champion tax evasion

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati during an official ceremony marking his assumption of office at the Government Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on September 13, 2021. DALATI NOHRA / VIA REUTERS The Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, his predecessor Hassan Diab, the governor of the central bank, Riad Salamé, prominent bankers and businessmen: the list of the … Read more

Hundreds of Lebanese protest after Beirut port explosion investigation suspended

In front of the Beirut courthouse, during the demonstration on September 29, 2021 against the suspension of the investigation into the port explosion of August 4, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP Hundreds of Lebanese, including relatives of the victims of the gigantic explosion at the port of Beirut in 2020, demonstrated on Wednesday, September 29, … Read more

Lebanese prime minister promises Macron he will make reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron and Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Elysee Palace on September 24. GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERS Emmanuel Macron did not hide his relief by receiving at the Elysee Palace, Friday, September 24, the new Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati. ” At last ! “, he blurted out after a working … Read more

One year after Beirut port explosion, Human Rights Watch accuses Lebanese authorities of “criminal negligence”

After the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. HASSAN AMMAR / AP A year after the explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut, the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on Tuesday August 3 in which it accuses the Lebanese authorities of “criminal negligence” … Read more

The investigation in France on Riad Salamé, governor of the Lebanese central bank, entrusted to investigating judges

The governor of the central bank of Lebanon, Riad Salamé, during a press conference in Baabda, on June 3, 2021. DALATI NOHRA / REUTERS This is another important step in a case emblematic of the economic crisis in Lebanon. The investigations opened in France on the rich heritage in Europe of Riad Salamé, governor of … Read more