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Lebanon central bank asks banks to review politicians’ transfers: circular

Lebanon’s central bank has asked banks to review transfers of funds abroad by politicians and government employees between Oct. 17 and Dec. 31, when anti-government protests led banks to enforce informal capital controls that blocked such transfers. The move appeared to be a step towards probing movements of money out… Read More

Ghosn’s Escape From Japan Followed Months of Planning

Carlos Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon from Japan followed months of planning by associates aimed at getting the former head of the Renault-Nissan alliance to a country they believed would provide a more friendly legal environment to try the claims of financial wrongdoing against him, according to people familiar with… Read More

U.S. Places Sanctions on Art Collector Said to Finance Hezbollah

The Treasury Department announced sanctions Friday against a diamond dealer who the government said has used an art gallery in Beirut, Lebanon, and an extensive personal collection, sprinkled with names like Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, to shelter and launder money. American officials described the diamond dealer, Nazem Said Ahmad,… Read More
19th November 2019
AP — Lebanon’s bank staff union announced Monday it’s ending a week-long strike after increased security and new regulations that officially limited withdrawal and dollar transfers. The union said banks will reopen Tuesday. Banks have been at the center of anti-government protests, as demonstrators accused them… Read More
17th October 2019
Understanding why Hezbollah has deep roots in the drug trade requires a historical view of Lebanon. Read More
7th October 2019
AP — The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s… Read More
20th September 2019
Lebanon’s Jammal Trust Bank has been forced to wind itself down after being hit last month by U.S. sanctions for allegedly helping to fund the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, the bank said on Thursday. The central bank said the value of the bank’s assets, and its share of the national deposit… Read More
11th September 2019
The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a “wide range of terrorists and their supporters,” including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The targets include 15 leaders, individuals and entities affiliated with groups… Read More
2nd September 2019
Lebanon said it will investigate Jammal Trust Bank SAL after the U.S. blacklisted the lender for allegedly facilitating banking for the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement. The central bank is to monitor the bank’s operations and look to see if it has violated the law, Governor Riad Salameh said in an… Read More
30th August 2019
The United States on Thursday sanctioned Lebanon-based Jammal Trust Bank SAL and its subsidiaries for allegedly facilitating the financial activities of Hezbollah, according to the Treasury Department, which said the bank funnels money to the families of suicide bombers. The United States is determined to cut off support in Lebanon… Read More
10th July 2019
The U.S. Treasury added three top Hezbollah figures to its list of sanctioned individuals on Tuesday, including two members of the Lebanese Parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security agencies. The designations were part of U.S. efforts to counter the Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s “corrupting influence… Read More
20th May 2019
AP — Lebanon’s health minister — named to the post by the country’s Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the militant organization by gaining public trust and ensuring transparency. Jamil Jabak told The Associated Press that although he is… Read More
26th April 2019
The U.S. Treasury, moving to boost pressure on Hezbollah, imposed sanctions on Wednesday against two people and three firms that Washington accuses of being involved in schemes to help the armed Shi’ite group backed by Iran evade American sanctions. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it was… Read More