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Qatar “categorically rejects” being linked to the corruption scandal in the European Parliament

Qatar today expressed its “categorical” rejection of “any attempt to associate it with accusations of misconduct”, in relation to the case of corruption, criminal organization and money laundering that links that Gulf country with the European Parliament (EP).

“Any association of the Government of Qatar with the denounced claims is unfounded and seriously misinformed”said the Qatari Foreign Ministry in a statement released on Twitter by the mission of the Arab country in the European Union.

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The statement made no explicit reference to the case, but added that Qatar “works through institution-to-institution engagement and operates in full compliance with international laws and regulations.”

The reaction of the Arab country occurs the same day that The Belgian judge who has taken on the case of the alleged corruption scandal in the European Parliament linked to Qatar will charge this Sunday four of the six detainees for the crimes of participation in a criminal organization, money laundering and corruption.

The Belgian Public Prosecutor suspects that Qatar it has paid “large amounts of money” and offered “significant gifts” to people who have a “strategic political position” within the European Parliament, to influence their decisions.

The Vice President of the European Parliament Eva Kailly He is one of four people a Belgian judge is holding under arrest and charged today.

The other three people are Kaili’s colleague and adviser in the European Parliament, Francesco Giorgi, the former Italian Social Democrat MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri and a Brussels lobbyist arrested on Friday whose identity has not been disclosed.according to Belgian media.

The case has already claimed the first political victim, with the decision yesterday of the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, to suspend Kaili from her functions as an MEP, whom both the group of European Social Democrats and her Greek political party ( PASOK), have set aside.

The European People’s Party, the Social Democrats, the Liberals and the Greens will also call for a vote to be suspended this coming week on the liberalization of visas for Qatari citizens entering the Schengen zone.

Source: Elcomercio

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