Germans hand Beirut arrest warrants for Salameh, 4 others

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A German delegation has visited the Lebanese’s judiciary headquarters in Beirut and handed over five arrest warrants issued in Germany for Central Bank chief Riad Salameh and four others over corruption charges, officials told the Associated Press.

They did not reveal the name of the four others.

A Lebanese judge has banned Salameh from traveling, days after Beirut received an Interpol red notice following a French arrest warrant.

The judge questioned Salameh on Wednesday and "decided to release him pending investigation, ban him from traveling, and confiscate his Lebanese and French passports," an official told AFP.

Salameh, Lebanon's long-serving central bank chief, has been the target of a series of judicial investigations both at home and abroad on allegations including fraud, money laundering and illicit enrichment.

The Lebanese judge also asked the French judiciary to refer Salameh's file to Beirut in order to "determine whether the Lebanese judiciary will prosecute him for the crimes he is accused of in France or not," the official added.

Interpol circulated the red notice last week after a French magistrate issued a warrant for Salameh, who failed to appear for questioning in Paris before investigators probing his sizable assets across Europe.

An Interpol red notice is not an international arrest warrant but asks authorities worldwide to provisionally detain people pending possible extradition or other legal actions.

Lebanon does not extradite its nationals.

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The Germans who bear responsibility for the mass extermination of millions of Jews, Gypsies, and homosexuals,political opponents along with their subsequent actions leading to the deaths of 28 million Russians, and their status as a prominent sponsor of the Zionist entity, can go pave the sea with their arrest warrants on any Lebanese citizens. It is their actions that have played a substantial role in the chaotic situation that has befallen our country.