Central Bank governor Riad Salameh speaks in Beirut, Friday, July 31, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The bank accounts of a hospital and a social welfare group that were closed for suspected links with Hezbollah have been reopened after Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh intervened to solve this issue, a source said Monday.The Mabarat social charity group, which was founded by the late Shiite scholar Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, has also succeeded in reinstating its bank account in one of the local banks, according to the source.There is no reason to punish them if their names are not mentioned in the OFAC list," the source argued.He added that Salameh and the Special Investigation Commission reiterated to the banks that Lebanon and the Central Bank are fully committed to all international laws and specially OFAC list and there won't be any compromise on this issue. A leading banker, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that banks are cooperating closely with the Central Bank and SIC concerning the U.S. law.
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