Lebanon: Judge refuses to take on Riad Salameh probe

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A high-profile corruption probe into Lebanon’s central bank governor is in limbo after being assigned to a judge who then declined to take on the case, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Top prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat last week referred Riad Salameh and a number of unidentified associates to a Beirut court after the conclusion of an 18-month preliminary investigation, asking a judge to file charges including illicit enrichment, embezzlement, money laundering and tax evasion. Salameh faces investigations in Lebanon and at least five European countries, including into thealleged e…

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