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EU Parliamentarian Denies Receiving Bribe From Qatar

Greek EU lawmaker Eva Kaili has denied involvement in an alleged bribery scandal involving World Cup host Qatar at the European Parliament. She is one of four suspects charged after Belgian investigators found €1.5m (£1.3m) in two homes and a suitcase, BBC News reported.


Photo Insert: "(Eva Kaili) declares her innocence and that she has nothing to do with bribery from Qatar," her lawyer, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, told Greek TV on Tuesday.



MEPs have voted - by 625 to one - to strip Kaili of her role as one of its 14 vice presidents. Parliament leader Roberta Metsola has spoken of "difficult days for European democracy." Qatar has denied any wrongdoing.


"(Eva Kaili) declares her innocence and that she has nothing to do with bribery from Qatar," her lawyer, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, told Greek TV on Tuesday.



Prosecutors carried out a string of searches over several days and said cash worth about €600,000 had been found at the home of one suspect, €150,000 at the flat of an MEP, and €750,000 in a suitcase in a Brussels hotel room.


Belgian police released a photo on Tuesday showing piles of notes in €200, €50, €20 and €10 denominations. Sources said the €150,000 was found at Kaili's flat. Asked if that were true, her lawyer said: "I have no idea if any money was found or how much was found."


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

The suspects arrested by Belgian police have been charged with "participation in a criminal organization, money laundering, and corruption," prosecutors said on Sunday. They will appear before a pre-trial court on Wednesday.



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