Ogero chief released on bail
Former Ogero head Abdel-Moneim Youssef was released on bail June 19 following the conclusion of his trial on charges of corruption and misappropriation of state funds. No date has been set for the verdict. Youssef is alleged to have squandered millions of dollars during his tenure atop the state-owned telecoms provider. The charges stem from a 2016 scandal involving unlicensed internet networks. MTV Lebanon CEO Michel Murr was charged with embezzlement in September, and Prime Minister Saad Hariri signed off on Youssef’s prosecution in March. Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil responded to his release by intimating he would not get off easily.