Lebanese lawyer files complaint against FM for corruption

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-08 22:09:18|Editor: xuxin
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BEIRUT, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese lawyer Marwan Salam filed on Friday a complaint to the Public Prosecution Court for corruption against Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

The complaint was filed for crimes including the squandering of public funds, money laundering, illicit enrichment and any other crime that may be revealed during investigations, NNA said.

The complaint was issued following an article published in Addiyar local newspaper accusing Bassil of being involved in a major scandal with regard to a Qatari donation.

It did not provide any further information.

On Thursday, Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oweidat referred a complaint filed by four lawyers against all ministers in successive governments since 1990 to date to initiate investigations in "crimes of embezzlement, waste of funds, and the exploitation of influence and authority."

On the same day, Lebanon's Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim concluded a hearing on the testimony of former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, focusing on the disbursement of 11 billion U.S. dollars between 2006 and 2008 when he was still in office.

These investigations come after over 20 days of nationwide protests in Lebanon against the ruling political class which is accused by citizens of being corrupted and squandering public funds.