The governor (governor) of the Lebanese Central Bank, Riad Salameh, is facing accusations from the Lebanese judiciary of negligence in his work and insulting trust, at a time when Lebanon is witnessing massive protests after the government extended the measures of the general national closure.
The unrest swept across the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli for the fourth day in a row, following reports of the death of one of the demonstrators shot dead by police forces.
Agence France-Presse says that angry crowds gathered in front of the homes of some of the most senior officials on Thursday, burning piles of garbage and smashing surveillance cameras around them.
The government in Lebanon is facing criticism for not providing financial support to citizens unable to work due to the ban that extends around the clock.
For its part, Amnesty International urged, on Thursday, the French government to stop arms sales to Lebanon, saying that French-made rubber bullets and tear gas canisters were used to quell peaceful demonstrations in Lebanon.
“France has for years supplied the Lebanese security forces with law enforcement equipment, which they subsequently used to commit or facilitate serious human rights violations,” the organization said in a statement.
Accusations of negligence and dishonesty
Judge Ghada Aoun accused the governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salameh, of job negligence and dishonesty, and also accused one of the exchange companies of violating administrative rules, according to the official state agency.
There were no further details in this regard, and Riyad Salameh could not be contacted for comment, according to Reuters news agency.
Salameh has headed the Lebanese Central Bank since 1993. Ghada Aoun undertook the task of investigating the manner in which Salameh managed dollar funds earmarked to support basic commodities.
Salameh was under investigation after the collapse of the Lebanese banking system in 2019, which caused the collapse of the local Lebanese currency and the inability of the state to pay off the sovereign debt.
It was reported that a protester was transferred in critical condition to El-Niny Hospital in Tripoli on Wednesday at 21:40 local time after he was hit by a bullet in his torso, and he underwent surgery, but died at dawn on Thursday.
The funeral of the 29-year-old demonstrator saw angry crowds gathering Thursday, according to activists on Twitter.
On Wednesday evening, clashes took place in which at least 226 civilians and military personnel were injured, according to state media.
The private MTV television network said that the security forces and the army used live ammunition, as well as rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators.
The demonstrators again gathered around the homes of political leaders, and in the vicinity of the Serail of the city of Tripoli, where the local authority is located. Pictures spread on Twitter showed protesters setting fire to the entrance to the Serail.
The demonstrations in Tripoli erupted on January 25 after the government announced the extension of imposing strict national lockdown measures in an attempt to combat the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
And on the list of hashtags on Twitter in Lebanon, the hashtag “Lebanon is rising up” was published on Thursday evening, which prevailed on a large scale during the demonstrations in the country in the past two years.
Videos of demonstrators gathered outside the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior in Beirut, in solidarity with the Tripoli protesters, were spread on social media.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri accused parties he said wanted to send political messages and exploit the pain of the poor, of being behind the demonstrations in Tripoli.
In his tweet on Twitter, Hariri criticized the targeting of private property, markets and official institutions under the pretext of opposing the closure.
Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab condemned what he described as “acts of violence” in Tripoli, saying that governments are not formed or fallen by burning tires, blocking roads, attacking state institutions, or targeting police and army forces.