EU Team Questions Brother of Lebanon's Central Bank Governor

A European judicial team questioned on Thursday the brother of Lebanon’s embattled Central Bank governor who is is being investigated abroad over several financial crimes and the laundering of some $330 million, the Associated Press reported. The questioning is part of a probe by a delegation from France, Germany, and Luxembourg, which is now on its third visit to Lebanon to interrogate suspects and witnesses in the case. The delegation questioned Gov. Riad Salameh's brother, Raja Salameh, for around seven hours on Thursday, judicial officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing probe. The brother had been summoned for questioning last week but did not show up, citing an illness. The three European governments in March 2022 froze more than $130 million in assets linked to the investigation. In March this year, the delegation came to Beirut and questioned the governor about the Central Bank’s assets and investments abroad, a Paris apartment owned by Road Salameh, and Forry Associates Ltd, a brokerage firm owned by his brother. Read more.