January 27, 2023

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Suspicion of corruption in Brussels: Vice-President of the European Union Parliament arrested

Status: 09.12.2022 23:26

Several people have been arrested in Brussels during a corruption investigation. According to media reports, one of them is the Vice-President of the European Union Parliament, Kyli of Greece.

European Parliament Vice-President Eva Kylie has been arrested in connection with corruption investigations in Belgium. Many news agencies are unanimous in reporting this. The Greek had already been expelled from his party, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), earlier in the evening. The Socialist Group in the European Parliament also suspended Kylie’s membership with immediate effect.

As of this year, Kylie is one of 14 Deputy Speakers of Parliament who have been members since 2014. According to the Belgian public prosecutor, the investigation concerns a suspected criminal organization, Gulf state influence and allegations of corruption and money laundering. 16 searches and five arrests. Among other things, 600,000 euros in cash and mobile phones were confiscated.

Qatar is said to be behind this

For months there have been suspicions that the Gulf state is trying to influence the political and economic decisions of the EU Parliament. According to media reports, it is said to be Qatar, but this is yet to be officially confirmed. Substantial sums of money or gifts are said to have been distributed to people holding political or strategic positions in Parliament.

Kylie, who is currently under arrest, gave a speech to the European Parliament on November 21 about the ongoing World Cup in Qatar. In it, he described the sporting event as “proof that sports diplomacy can bring about historic change in a country whose reforms have inspired the Arab world.” For example, Qatar is a pioneer when it comes to labor rights. Kaili previously met Qatari Labor Minister Samikh Al Marri, Qatari Ambassador to the EU Christian Tudor wrote on Twitter.

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The EU Parliament’s press service declined to comment on the raids due to ongoing investigations. He said the chamber was fully cooperating with the Belgian police.