LONDON: On Tuesday, Kerning Cultures Network, a Dubai-based podcast company, announced the production of “The Lebanon Heist,” an original documentary series about the financial crisis in Lebanon.


The documentary is a six-part podcast that delves into what led to Lebanon’s financial crisis, which has wiped out millions of people’s life savings.

As Finbar Anderson, KC producer and co-host, put it, “this was a true crime story of global proportions,” and he went on to say that the podcast is “personal” to a lot of the people who worked on it.

“The Lebanon Heist” will tell the story of the country’s financial crash through exclusive interviews, new reporting, and archival footage from the perspective of the citizens who lost everything and the people who built a state-sanctioned Ponzi scheme.

“Lebanon may be tiny, but the impact of this crime is global,” said Dana Ballout, KC editor.

For an international and regional audience that, like we Lebanese, may mistakenly believe their money is safe, this series will be the proverbial canary in the coal mine. It’s a sad fact that no matter where you live, your money is never truly secure.

Award-winning Lebanese journalist Dalal Mawad hosts both the English and Arabic versions of the series.

The trial of Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, who is charged with money laundering, embezzlement, forgery, illegal enrichment, and tax law offenses, will be chronicled in the podcast, which will premiere this summer.