Vice president of the European Parliament arrested in corruption investigation

December 11, 2022

Eva Kaili, the vice president of the European Parliament, was arrested alongside four others on Friday for her involvement in a corruption case.

Kaili is also a member of Greece's socialist party, Pasok.

Belgium's federal prosecutor issued a statement on Kaili's arrest saying, "Today’s searches have enabled investigators to recover about 600,000 euros in cash. Computer equipment and mobile phones were also seized. These elements will be analysed as part of the investigations."

The prosecutor's statement went on to indicate that the government of Qatar was "paying large sums of money or offering large gifts" to influence EU decision-making.

It is possible that Kaili's meeting with Qatar’s Labour Minister Ali bin Samikh Al Marri before the World Cup likely led authorities to discover her involvement in Qatar's attempt to influence the EU.

Pier-Antonio Panzeri, another former socialist MEP, was also arrested alongside Kaili making it a particularly bad day for Europe's radical leftist politicians.

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