Safadi: Financial accounts since 1993 will be audited


Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi told told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television on Monday that financial accounts since 1993 will be audited and will hold accountable those responsible for any improprieties in the balances.

Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun and other MPs from his bloc have harshly criticized the Finance Ministry and called for an investigation of state accounts as of 1993, during the first term of the slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In 2006 former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora submitted a bill to parliament that would contract global financial companies to audit state accounts since 1989, but Aoun reportedly rejected the proposal and wanted the auditing to take place as 0f 1993

According to observers Aoun rejected Siniora’s proposal because such an investigation would cover the period of his disputed presidency. Aoun reportedly stole 50 million from the Lebanese treasury in 1989. Following his defeat by the Syrian army on 13 October 1990 he went into exile to France