Judicial sources: Lebanon aid chief arrested on corruption charges

November 11, 2013 19:50

BEIRUT - The head of Lebanon's governmental aid body, through which millions of dollars are funnelled, and his wife have been arrested on embezzlement charges, judicial sources said on Monday.

The criminal investigation against High Relief Council (HRC) Secretary General Ibrahim Bashir comes as Lebanon appeals for direct aid to help it provide for more than 800,000 Syrian refugees who have flooded into the small Mediterranean state to escape civil war.

Bashir has denied media reports that he embezzled $10 million of public funds, calling the accusations politically motivated, LBCI TV reported. Reuters was unable to contact him for comment. The judiciary made no official statement.

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