File - Lebanon's Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil says he will not pay public sector employees wages before the Parliament legally approves the spending. (REUTERS/Sharif Karim)
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Fifty-five civil servants are being investigated for corruption as part of a widespread crackdown on fraudulent real estate-related activities, including the illegal appropriation of public property and embezzlement, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Monday.Khalil promised in October to refer all suspected corrupt civil servants in the Finance Ministry's Real Estate Department to the Prosecutor's Office.Khalil insisted that the campaign would even target senior government officials if there was evidence that they were involved in corruption cases.Khalil also said there were many cases of public money being illegally transferred to the personal accounts of employees.Khalil said many citizens took advantage of the 2006 war in Lebanon to identify and register property, mostly state-owned, in their names.
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