Carlos Ghosn denies charges in press conference
- Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn held a press conference in Beirut to refute charges against him, claiming to be the victim of a conspiracy by Nissan Management and the Tokyo prosecutor.
- Ghosn said he was proud to be Lebanese, adding that he did not wish to complicate matters between Lebanon and Japan.
- The Japanese ambassador told President Aoun he wished for cooperation. Ghosn got summoned to an interrogation this Thursday, following a Red Notice by Interpol and accusations of having met With Israeli officials. “I went to sign a contract and came back,” Ghosn said, “I spoke with Lebanese officials. I’ve been coming to Lebanon since, and nothing happened.”
On day 84, public sector employees join protesters in Tripoli
- This morning, protesters erected tents outside Tripoli’s finance department in ongoing protests against public institutions. They were later joined by the employees and marched through the city, demanding an end to corruption.
- In Sidon’s eastern suburb, Sirop, residents blocked roads demanding a solution to extensive power cuts by both the electric company and backup generator providers.
- In Bourj Hammoud, protesters gathered in front of the police station and blocked roads, calling for the release of protester Savio Eid who got detained in Jounieh.
Central Bank allows money transfers to be received in US dollars
- The Central Bank released a new memo that allowed money transfer companies to reimburse Lebanese recipients in US dollars, in cash, according to a statement by Western Union agents, OPI, OMT, and BOB Finance.
- The decision becomes effective immediately, however the companies stated it was too short notice for them to shift gears on their electronic systems, both internally and abroad. They will start implementing the decision on January 15th.
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