Lebanon’s central bank governor, Riad Salameh, did not show up at a hearing regarding allegations of embezzling public funds as his lawyer opposed the presence of European investigators, who had submitted questions to be asked to Salameh. French and German investigators were in Beirut to pursue their own probe but were delayed until Thursday. Salameh, who has run the bank for six terms, denies the accusations, claiming he is being made a scapegoat for Lebanon’s financial crisis. In addition, new charges were filed against the Salameh brothers and an assistant and their assets were demanded to be frozen.
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