OCCRP: Liechtenstein Asks Beirut to Help Investigate Lebanon’s Central Banker

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By Lara Dihmis and Tom Stocks.

A judge in Liechtenstein is investigating money transfers between companies owned by Lebanon’s central bank governor Riad Salame and the brother of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a leaked document seen by OCCRP shows.

In June, a request for mutual legal assistance issued to Lebanese authorities questioned an alleged agreement dated January 2016 between M1 Group, a Lebanese holding company co-founded in 2007 by Najib and Taha Mikati, and Salame’s Swiss company, SI 2 SA.

Under the purported agreement, Taha Mikati transferred US$14 million in August 2016 to the Swiss bank account of Salame’s Liechtenstein-registered company Crossland Limited, the documents show.

A copy of the request for mutual legal assistance was obtained by Daraj, OCCRP’s media partner in Beirut, and forms part of an ongoing money laundering probe into Lebanon’s central bank governor which the tiny European principality opened last year.

Salame is under…

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