BRUSSELS was final night time making an attempt to include a Qatari corruption scandal after the arrest of an EU boss.
It got here after Belgian police seized greater than £1.3million from raids on 19 properties and parliamentary places of work. They launched a photograph of wads of notes discovered through the investigation.
Kaili, 44, who’s detained in a Brussels jail, is certainly one of 4 individuals charged with corruption and cash laundering.
She has denied accepting funds from Qataris seeking to purchase affect.
Her lawyer stated: “Her place is she is harmless. She has nothing to do with Qatar’s bribes.”
But EU politicians final night time voted by 625 to at least one to take away her as one of many meeting’s 14 VPs.
Belgian PM Alexander De Croo stated his nation’s police had been doing what “the European Parliament hasn’t finished”.
And Cypriot MEP Loucas Fourlas claimed Kaili requested him to amend a extremely important report into LGBT rights in the Gulf state.
Qatar, at present internet hosting the World Cup, additionally denies wrongdoing.
Its chief state lobbyist in France informed Politico: “We don’t have to pay something to members of parliament in order to persuade them.”
Critics say the scandal has made a mockery of the EU’s capacity to lecture different nations and organisations on stopping corruption.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated the saga was of “utmost concern” and vowed to toughen the lobbying guidelines.
Britain stopped sending MEPs to the European Parliament in January 2020 after Brexit was applied.