Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili, one of the vice-presidents of the European Parliament, was arrested this Friday evening, December 9 in Brussels in an investigation into suspicions of corruption involving Qatar, a source close to the government told AFP. case.
Four other arrests had already taken place in the Belgian capital in the morning in the same case. Eva Kaili, who is the companion of one of these four suspects, was “arrested to be auditioned” by the police, the source said.
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Dismissed from the Greek Socialist Party
In Athens, the Greek Socialist Party (Pasok-Kinal) of which Eva Kaili is a member announced in the evening that she was “dismissed”. At the heart of the investigation, led by a Brussels investigating judge: the actions of a ” Gulf States “ suspected of“to influence the economic and political decisions of the European Parliament, by paying substantial sums of money or by offering important gifts”underlined the federal prosecutor’s office.
As for the beneficiaries, they are personalities with “a significant political and/or strategic position” within the European Parliament.
Among the four arrested are a parliamentary assistant attached to the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group, who is the companion of Eva Kaili, as well as the former Italian MEP Pier-Antonio Panzeri, also a socialist. The other two are an NGO director and a trade union leader of Italian nationality.
The federal prosecutor’s office did not name the Gulf country concerned. But the same source familiar with the matter confirmed to AFP press reports identifying Qatar.