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Brussels embroiled in Qatari corruption scandal after cops arrest EU boss and seize £1.3m from raids

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BRUSSELS was last night trying to contain a Qatari corruption scandal after the arrest of an EU boss.
Greek MEP Eva Kaili has been stripped of her position as a vice-president of the EU Parliament.
Greek MEP Eva Kaili has been stripped of her position as a vice-president of the EU Parliament4Greek MEP Eva Kaili has been stripped of her position as a vice-president of the EU ParliamentCredit: AFPBelgian police seized more than £1.3million from raids on 19 homes and parliamentary offices4Belgian police seized more than £1.3million from raids on 19 homes and parliamentary officesCredit: EPAIt came after Belgian police seized more than £1.3million from raids on 19 homes and parliamentary offices. They released a photo of wads of notes found during the investigation.
Kaili, 44, who is detained in a Brussels jail, is one of four people charged with corruption and money laundering.
She has denied accepting payments from Qataris looking to buy influence.
Her lawyer said: “Her position is she is innocent. She has nothing to do with Qatar’s bribes.”
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But EU politicians last night voted by 625 to one to remove her as one of the assembly’s 14 VPs.
Belgian PM Alexander De Croo said his country’s police were doing what “the European Parliament hasn’t done”.
And Cypriot MEP Loucas Fourlas claimed Kaili asked him to amend a highly critical report into LGBT rights in the Gulf state.
Qatar, currently hosting the World Cup, also denies wrongdoing.

Its chief state lobbyist in France told Politico: “We don’t need to pay anything to members of parliament in order to convince them.”
Critics say the scandal has made a mockery of the EU’s ability to lecture other countries and organisations on preventing corruption.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the saga was of “utmost concern” and vowed to toughen the lobbying rules.
Britain stopped sending MEPs to the European Parliament in January 2020 after Brexit was implemented.
Kaili is one of four people charged with corruption and money laundering4Kaili is one of four people charged with corruption and money launderingShe insists she is innocent, according to her lawyer4She insists she is innocent, according to her lawyer
Story Credit: thesun.co.uk

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