Eva Kaili, the vice president of the European Parliament, was one of four people detained by Belgian police. The four are accused of money laundering and corruption.
In 16 searches conducted in Brussels on Friday, Belgian police seized cash totaling about €600,000 ($632,000; £515,000). Mobile phones and computers were also stolen.
She has also been expelled from the Socialists and Democrats Group in parliament as well as the Greek Pasok center-left party.
All of Ms. Kaili’s assets are reportedly frozen by Greek prosecutors.
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the accusations were “very serious” and asked that a new ethics body be set up to run the union. “A corruption scandal in the European Parliament dubbed “Qatargate” led to the arrests of several MEPs on December 9 on suspicion of taking bribes from Qatar in exchange for defending the emirate’s interests. MEP Eva Kaili of Greece is one of four suspects accused in a scandal that risks tarnishing the European Union’s image.” (Qatargate: News, Videos, Reports and Analysis – France 24, 2022)
“After months of research by respected French journalists Eric Champel and Philippe Aucla, the magazine France Football (FF) published a 20-page report on the circumstances surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals on January 29.”
EU corruption scandal puts democracy under attack – European Parliament head. (n.d.). BBC News. Retrieved December 27, 2022, from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63941509
Qatargate: news, videos, reports and analysis – France 24. (2022, December 22). France 24. Retrieved December 27, 2022, from https://www.france24.com/en/tag/qatargate/
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