A central bank probe into possible accounts held in Lebanon by the Palestinian movement Hamas triggered an avalanche of protests at such a move against the anti-Israeli “resistance” group. The condemnation also sparked fears for Lebanon’s highly valued bank secrecy policy, as widely respected former prime minister Selim Hoss warned against what he termed “a clear violation of the banking secrecy law.” Former central bank governor Edmond Naim also told a local radio that an inquiry into bank accounts requiring the lifting of bank secrecy could only be taken by legislative authorities. “Did we decide to go along with the American view of Hamas, which it perceives as a terrorist organisation?” Hoss asked. Full Story
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