Friday, December 9, 2022

"Qatar 'corruption' scandal rocks EU Parliament"


A top MEP [Member of the European Parliament] has been suspended from her party after police launched an investigation into alleged illicit lobbying activities by Qatar


Qatar is accused of targeting officials “with a significant political and/or strategic position” at the Parliament, sending them “substantial amounts of money”


Belgian investigators are looking into whether Qatar sought to influence positions in the Parliament in ways that “go beyond classic lobbying”


[The MEP], one of the parliament’s 14 vice-presidents, recently called Qatar a “frontrunner in labor rights” after meeting with the country’s labor minister


Searches carried out as part of the inquiry resulted in the seizure of roughly 600,000 Euros ($632,000) in cash