The prosecutor of Mount Lebanon, judge Ghada Aoun
The prosecutor of Mount Lebanon, judge Ghada Aoun

This Tuesday, Judge Ghada Aoun moved in the early afternoon to the offices of Mecataf despite a request from the public prosecutor Ghassan Oweidat to suspend his work after having appointed a new magistrate to take over the scandal file. manipulation of the Lebanese pound against the dollar

The director of monetary operations of the Banque du Liban Mazen Hamdan was arrested in May 2020 by the judicial authorities along with officials of the brokerage union who then accused the governor of the Banque du Liban of complicity. Mazen Hamdan was then accused of having carried out operations on behalf of the BDL withdrawing dollars from the market. instead of injecting it to try to lower the pressure on the Lebanese Pound. Also, the director of the banking control commission, Maya Dabbagh was indicted for similar reasons in this same case.

As a reminder, the magistrate had already asked, on several occasions since, to hear the governor of the Banque du Liban Riad Salamé himself in the context of this case, which he refuses.

A case that takes a political turn

The governor of the Banque du Liban, considered a relative of the Hariri family since he arrived at the head of the Central Bank at the same time as the accession to the post of Prime Minister of Rafic Hariri, father of Saad Hariri, in 1993, is widely criticized for the financial engineering operations carried out in recent years and which would have worsened the current financial crisis. He is also accused by the Swiss justice for embezzlement of public funds. It has also announced the freezing of its assets.

The legal consultant of the Free Patriotic Office Wadih Akl today accused the public prosecutor, Judge Ghassan Oweidat – considered to be close to the Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri – of having reorganized his services so as to dismiss the judge. Ghada Aoun of important files.

This desire to withdraw these files, considers Wadih Akl, demonstrates the importance of the ongoing cases before the courts in the face of the mafia and the corruption which ravages local public administrations.

As a reminder, it would investigate several sensitive issues involving a former Prime Minister Nagib Mikati, former ministers or the governor of the Bank of Lebanon Riad Salamé, also a close friend of Saad Hariri.

The public prosecutor had already asked the Supreme Judicial Council to request disciplinary measures against the magistrate following complaints filed against her.

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