Belgium detains 4 for “suspected corruption of the Gulf state” within the EU Parliament

Belgium on Friday detained 4 folks, together with a former member of parliament, as a part of an investigation into suspected “Gulf country” corruption within the European Parliament, prosecutors stated.

It didn’t title a selected nation, however Belgian day by day Le Soir stated Qatari officers tried to deprave an Italian socialist who was a member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2019.

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For a number of months, investigators have “suspected a Gulf country of influencing the financial and political decisions of the European Parliament by transferring consequential amounts or giving significant gifts to third parties with a significant and/or strategic position within the European Parliament.”, the prosecutor’s workplace stated.

“Among those arrested is a former member of the European Parliament,” it stated, with out giving extra particulars concerning the id of these arrested.

The investigation regarded into “corruption” and “money laundering”.

Police carried out 16 raids within the Belgian capital on Friday and seized “600,000 euros in cash”, in addition to IT tools and cell phones whose contents had been to be examined.

(AFP)

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