Lawyer Files 'Illicit Enrichment’ Case against Bassil


A Lebanese lawyer filed a lawsuit on Friday against caretaker Minister Jebran Bassil accusing him of "embezzlement, money laundering and illicit enrichment."

Lawyer Marwan Salam said he filed the lawsuit against Bassil whom he accused of “embezzling public funds, money laundering, illicit enrichment and any other crime that investigations show.”

On Thursday, Lebanon's financial prosecutor ordered sweeping investigations into suspected corruption and waste of public funds by senior officials.

Financial prosecutor Ali Ibrahim has launched probes into customs authority chief Badri al-Daher over suspected “waste of public funds.”

The prosecutor's decision came after lawyers brought a case against the officials in question over alleged misappropriation or use of public funds for personal purposes, along with "abuses of power which caused significant damage to Lebanese citizens.”

Ibrahim had ordered an inquiry into "all the ministers of successive governments since 1990.”

On Thursday, Ibrahim questioned former premier Fouad Saniora for three hours over $11 billion allegedly spent during his period in office from 2006 to 2008.

Saniora has in the past denied all accusations of misappropriation of public funds.

Last month, another prosecutor pressed charges against former prime minister Najib Miqati over allegations he wrongly received millions of dollars in subsidised housing loans, charges he denies.

Comments 4
Thumb thepatriot 08 November 2019, 11:39

He's ending up in jail... unless he flies to Barbados really soon...

Thumb justin 08 November 2019, 11:46

إخبار ضد باسيل بجرم اختلاس أموال عامة وتبييض الأموال والإثراء غير المشروع

A $50 million commission for having Qatar buy Lebanese Bonds plus his commissions from the Electricty file.

Thumb thepatriot 08 November 2019, 12:35

blablabla... are you in fact Gebran Bassil? You seem to have the same IQ!

Thumb gebran_sons 08 November 2019, 18:13

No one can hide anymore or use his sect or party to bail him out. Not even top politicians regardless who they are. However it is important to keep in perspective that as individuals may steal millions, parties may cause billions in damage. Where are the courageous judges that will bring hizballah and its leaders to trial for the hundreds of billions in economic loss it caused our economy, its illegal communication infrastructure, its illegal crossings? Did they ever paid taxes on the rockets they imported or they consider it still belonging to Iran and under its command?