Central Bank of Lebanon Governor Riad Salameh speaks during a press conference at the Central Bank of Beirut, Lebanon, November 11, 2019. REUTERS / Mohamed Azakir / File Photo

BEIRUT, July 19 (Reuters) – A Lebanese prosecutor will question central bank chief Riad Salameh on August 5 on suspicion of embezzlement, money laundering and tax evasion, a judicial source told Reuters on Monday. high ranking.

“He has not been charged so far but things could escalate,” the source said.

The governor of the Central Bank Riad Salameh is already the subject of an investigation in Switzerland on charges of embezzlement and investigations are underway or planned in several other European countries.

Salameh did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but dismissed previous corruption allegations against him as a smear campaign.

Lebanon’s attorney general opened an investigation into Salameh in April after a Swiss legal request alleged that more than $ 300 million was embezzled from the bank through a company owned by his brother. Read more

Lebanon’s crippled banking system is at the heart of its financial crisis that erupted in late 2019. Banks have since blocked overseas transfers and cut off access to deposits as dollars dwindled.

Reporting By Laila Bassam, written By Maha El Dahan, editing by Nick Macfie

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