ISF Says It Didn't Prevent State Security from Arresting Salameh
The Directorate General of Internal Security Forces on Tuesday announced that its members “did not prevent a State Security patrol from enforcing a subpoena against the governor of the central bank” Riad Salameh, denying media reports in this regard.
“The ISF checkpoint (at Salameh’s residence) has been in place for a certain period of time, at the presidents’ requests, to protect the governor against any security threat, especially after information was received in this regard,” the ISF said in a statement.
“The members of this checkpoint are not authorized to intervene, deliver a notice or even prevent the enforcement of any official warrant,” the ISF clarified.
It added that “this is what was stressed in a phone call made by ISF chief Maj. Gen. Imad Othman with State Security head Maj. Gen. Tony Saliba, as part of the continuous coordination between them.”
State Security agents had earlier in the day raided Salameh’s residences in Rabieh and Safra and his office at the central bank without managing to find him, according to media reports.
The agents sought to enforce a subpoena issued against Salameh by Judge Ghada Aoun in a financial corruption case.