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BEIRUT — A European authorized crew on Friday ended two days of questioning of Lebanon’s central financial institution chief in Beirut in a money-laundering probe linked to the governor.

A number of European international locations are investigating Gov. Riad Salameh, who lately has been charged with corruption-related crimes. Salameh, 72, has been the top of Lebanon’s Central Financial institution since 1993.

Salameh was questioned for 2 hours Friday and 6 hours the day earlier than, Lebanese judicial officers mentioned. The European delegation — with representatives from France, Germany, and Luxembourg — questioned Salameh by means of a Lebanese decide, appearing as a go-between. Beneath Lebanese legal guidelines, the representatives can’t straight query Salameh.

On Thursday, the crew requested Salameh about an condo in Paris’ Champs Elysee rented by the central financial institution and Forry Associates Ltd, a brokerage agency owned by Salameh’s brother, Raja, on whether or not the corporate existed, the officers mentioned. They added that Salameh was “assured” when he responded to the questions in French.

Salameh’s questioning was scheduled to start Wednesday however he didn’t present up.

The European crew has set April 15 to start out questioning the governor’s brother, Raja Salameh and the governor’s affiliate, Marianne Hoayek, the officers mentioned on situation of anonymity according to laws.

Salameh, who has repeatedly denied costs of corruption, has not made any public statements since his questioning began this week.

Choose Helena Iskandar, who is representing the Lebanese state in the European questioning, charged on Wednesday Salameh, in addition to Raja Salameh and Hoayek, with corruption.

Along with the European probe, there are different authorized proceedings towards Salameh underway in Lebanon. In late February, Beirut’s public prosecutor, Raja Hamoush, charged the identical three suspects — the governor, his brother and the aide — with corruption, together with embezzling public funds, forgery, illicit enrichment, money-laundering and violation of tax legal guidelines.

The European delegation is investigating the laundering of some $330 million.

Lebanon is grappling with the worst financial and monetary disaster in its trendy historical past. The financial meltdown that started in late 2019 is rooted in many years of corruption and mismanagement by the nation’s political class. Greater than 75% of the tiny nation’s inhabitants of 6 million has been plunged into poverty.