Lebanon’s central bank denies US money laundering allegations

12 Feb 2011

(MENAFN) The Lebanese Central Bank governor denied United States allegations that one of Lebanon’s local banks was engaged with illegal activities for Hezbollah including money laundering for smugglers, reported
Arab News.

The governor said that the central bank ensures that all commercial banks in Lebanon, whether they were operating nationally or internationally, were complying with all national and international regulations.

The commercial bank in question denied such allegations. A spokesperson said that the bank operates with total transparency and respect to standard financial regulations.

It is worth noting that the US Treasury Department claimed a primary money laundering concern of up to USD200 million a month for drug smuggling in Lebanon related to Hezbollah.

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