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Belgium police sealed places of work of three MEPs in corruption investigation involving ‘Gulf nation’

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Belgium police have sealed the places of work of three MEPs in Brussels after police began a probe into corruption involving an unnamed Gulf nation.

Sources advised Euronews that the places of work belonged to MEPs Eva Kaili, Marie Area, and Marc Tarabella.

A minimum of 4 different folks, together with a former MEP, had been arrested in Brussels for his or her alleged involvement within the case.

The European Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili was reportedly detained. And in line with stories, the Greek Socialist social gathering PASOK has since expelled her with rapid impact. 

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In a tweet, PASOK mentioned, “following the most recent developments and the investigation by the Belgian authorities into the corruption of European officers, MEP Eva Kaili has been expelled from PASOK – Motion for Change by a choice of its President Nikos Androulakis.”

After searches on 16 properties, together with the properties of MEPs advisers, police seized round €600,000 in money, laptop tools, and cell telephones.

Prosecutors began their investigation after suspecting for months {that a} Gulf nation was attempting “to affect the financial and political choices of the European Parliament.”

And that it was doing so “by paying massive sums of cash or providing massive items to 3rd events with a major political and/or strategic place throughout the European Parliament.”

A number of the suspects had been additionally lively members of human rights NGOs. The folks arrested are reportedly being questioned and will later be introduced in entrance of an investigating decide.

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Whereas the prosecutor’s workplace has not mentioned which Gulf nation was concerned within the corruption allegations, a number of European media sources have named it as Qatar, the present host of the World Cup. 

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Watch Euronews’ report within the video participant above, or learn this story on the investigation to be taught extra.

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