Lebanon starts investigations of corruption cases amid nationwide protests

Lebanon’s Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim on Thursday charged General Director of Customs Badri al-Daher with the crime of squandering public funds, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

The financial prosecutor also concluded a hearing on the testimony of former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who came earlier in the day to the Palace of Justice in Beirut.

The hearing lasted for about three hours and focused on the disbursement of 11 billion U.S. dollars between 2006 and 2008 when he was in office, NNA said.

Meanwhile, Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oweidat referred a complaint, which was filed by four lawyers against all ministers in successive governments since 1990 to date, to Public Prosecutor Ghassan El Khoury to initiate investigations.

These investigations came after over 20 days of nationwide protests in Lebanon against the ruling political class which is accused by citizens of corruption and squandering public funds.