Status: 09/12/2022 10:36 PM
Several people have been arrested in Brussels in the course of corruption investigations. According to media reports, one of them is the Vice-President of the European Union Parliament, the Greek Kayli.
The vice-president of the European Parliament, Eva Kaili, has been arrested in connection with corruption investigations in Belgium. This was unanimously reported by many news agencies. The Greek had already been expelled from her party, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), in the evening. She is one of the 14 deputy speakers of parliament and is now being questioned by investigators.
According to the Belgian Public Prosecutor, the investigation is related to a suspected criminal organization, an attempt at influence by a Gulf state, and allegations of corruption and money laundering. 16 searches and five arrests were made. Among other things, 600 thousand euros in cash and mobile phones were confiscated.
Qatar is said to be behind it
For months, there have been suspicions that a Gulf state is trying to influence the political and economic decisions of the European Union Parliament. According to media reports, it is said that this is Qatar, but this has not been officially confirmed yet. It was said that large sums of money or gifts in kind were distributed to persons in parliament holding political or strategic positions.
The press service of the European Parliament has not yet commented on the raids. All he said was that the room was fully cooperating with the Belgian police.
Arrest of the Vice-President of the Greek European Parliament
Birgit Radatz, ARD Brussels, 9.12.2022 10:36 PM