Belgian police have carried out a series of raids on the European Parliament as authorities try to get to the bottom of the alleged bribery.
Belgian prosecutor Michel Claise has overseen multiple raids on members of the European Union (MEPs) over allegations of widespread corruption and bribery related to the Qatari government.
The European Parliament is one of the legislative bodies of the multinational European Union. It has 705 members from 27 member countries and is headquartered in Strasbourg, France.
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“Four people have been arrested by the Brussels investigating judge who is leading the investigation,” the federal prosecutor’s office said, according to Euractiv.
The statement continued: “They are accused of participation in a criminal organization, money laundering and corruption. Two people have been released by the investigating judge.”
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Among the suspects, European Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili was arrested by Belgian police on charges of taking bribes to influence European policy in favor of the Qatari regime.
Kaili, a Greek Socialist MEP, was detained by police after investigators raided her home and found “bags of cash”.
“The courts will determine who is guilty, but the truth is that it is not just Qatar, and it is not just the named people who are involved,” French lawmaker Raphaël Glucksmann said. he told Politico.
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So far, six people have been arrested in the operation and at least 19 residences and offices have been raided.
“The State of Qatar categorically rejects any attempt to associate it with allegations of misconduct. Any association by the Qatari government with the reported claims is unfounded and seriously misinformed,” an official at the Qatari embassy in Washington DC told Fox News Digital.
They added: “The State of Qatar works through institution-to-institution engagement and operates in full compliance with international laws and regulations.”