I strongly object to including my name on the sanctions’ list taken by the authorities of the United States and the declarations to that effect from American officials. Which suggests that a verdict is coming to fall without right of recourse. With that being said, I deny everything including the accusations concerning the so-called financial relationships or financing of certain political circles affected by the sanctions’ lists. I guaranty that all my economic and professional activities are transparent and in accordance with the laws in force wherever my companies operate. The scrupulous compliance with legal conditions is our code of conduct and our transactions are made through banking channels as evidenced by all documents relating to the relations between our companies and the banks, because we have never used transfer by any other means or other way. These illegal charges against my companies and I are completely devoid of any foundations as evidenced by history of my exclusively economic professional activities; my work is by all means transparent and professional. This is an act of blackmail against myself, in Lebanon, as well as a tactic to pressure and hurt my stance in the Lebanese society, where I am fighting a legal battle to end this kind of assault against my companies and I. As I wage this battle against blackmail and pressure, I suddenly find myself accused by the American authorities of funding illicit and illegal groups. Which is ironic. This absolutely paradoxical situation leads one to believe, with certainty, that he is indeed a whistleblowing operation from circles concerned by professional competition between my companies and those who fail to stand up for us in our business. With my irreproachable respect for the laws in force, I find it essential to resort to justice in the United States to clarify the situation and confirm my innocence to obtain the total repeal of these charges; which are unfair.
NB: Another no less paradoxical fact: the inclusion on the same list of the name of Mr. Tony Saab, who is a sincere and brave employee in my office and a responsible accountant in Beirut, is not associated or a partner in any of my companies.