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        11/11/2013, Kislev 8, 5774

      Lebanon: Head of Government Aid Body Arrested


      The head of Lebanon's governmental aid body, through which millions of dollars are processed, has been arrested together with his wife on embezzlement charges, according to judicial sources in a report to Reuters.

      The criminal investigation against High Relief Council (HRC) Secretary General Ibrahim Bashir comes just as Lebanon is seeking direct aid to help provide for the more than three-quarters of a million Syrian refugees who have flooded into Lebanon to escape the civil war at home.

      Bashir has denied media reports that he embezzled $10 million of public funds, calling the accusations politically motivated, but he was unable to be reached for further comment.