BRUSSELS — The office of the Belgian federal prosecutor announced on Sunday that it had charged four people with corruption and other crimes as part of a major investigation into suspected bribes from Qatar to Legislators and current officials, as well as former ones in The European Parliament.

The prosecutor did NOT name any of the charged and instead named only “a gulf state” The charges were first announced in This case. A Belgian official was involved. in The case stated that the country allegedly implicated was Qatar. He spoke under the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to. to The news media should be briefed.

Six people were taken into custody, according to the prosecutor. in Two people were taken into question by the Belgian authorities on Friday and released without being charged. On Friday, 16 houses were raided by the Belgian authorities. A second house was searched on Saturday. A bag containing 600,000 euros (632,000) was confiscated by the authorities. in According to the prosecutor, cash is also acceptable as evidence.

(*4*) the Belgian prosecutor’s office said Sunday in A statement.

Officials from the Belgian and European Parliament said that six people were taken. in on Friday, one was Eva Kaili, a high-profile European lawmaker from Greece and one of the Parliament’s vice presidents.

Others included Ms. Kaili’s life partner, Francesco Giorgi, who works as an aide to a European lawmaker; Luca Visentini, the recently elected chief of the International Trade Union Confederation, the global workers’ union; Pier Antonio Panzeri, a former member of the European Parliament; and Ms. Kaili’s father, Alexandros. It was not possible to identify the sixth person.

The investigation is as follows: Qatar is hosting the men’s soccer World Cup amid heightened scrutiny.

It is probable that the scandal will be exposed. to embarrass the Qatari government, which has faced criticism over the exploitation of migrant workers who helped build the tournament’s infrastructure. In addition, the authoritarian country’s criminalization of homosexuality has become a flash point between some Western teams and fans and FIFA, the governing body for global soccer. Corruption was also an issue.

“The state of Qatar categorically rejects any attempts to associate it with accusations of misconduct,” Embassy of Qatar to The European Union stated in Sunday: Statement. “Any association with the Qatari government with the reported claims is baseless and gravely misinformed.”

Sunday’s announcement by the Belgian Prosecutor was that corruption, money laundering and participation were the main charges against the four men arrested. in An organization that is criminal.


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First published by Les Echo, a Belgian newspaper reported Sunday One of the four was Ms. Kaili. Le Soir reported that Ms. Kaili’s father and Mr. Visentini were the two people released Sunday. The Sunday Review was unavailable to You can verify this information independently.

On Saturday evening the police searched the home of another member of the European Parliament, Belgium’s Marc Tarabella, in the presence of the body’s president, Roberta Metsola, in line with immunity rules protecting its sitting members, the prosecutor and Ms. Metsola’s office said.

The prosecutor stated that no one was taken into custody during Saturday’s search.

Ms. Metsola asked Ms. Kaili. to As vice president, she will step down. She was expelled from her party, Greece’s center-left Pasok, on Saturday and suspended from her European Parliament group, the Socialists & Democrats.

The Parliament has reached an agreement to All votes and talks related to this matter are paused to QatarSimilar to visa rules for Qataris in The European Union

Mr. Panzeri, the former member of Parliament also detained, was once a member of the Socialists & Democrats group. His nongovernmental organization Fight Impunity did not respond to his request. to You can submit a request to comment.

The International Trade Union Confederation, in which Mr. Visentini served as chief, was dissolved. to Comment on this case

Coworkers and bosses of Mr. Giorgi, Andrea Cozzolino, of Italy, were not able to respond to An email is required to comment.

A spokesperson for the Belgian Federal Prosecutor didn’t have the names or contact information for any of the lawyers who were being questioned. The Sunday Review called and messaged Ms. Kaili’s number several times, but it had been switched off. In a Facebook message to The Times about the inquiry, Ms. Kaili’s sister Mantalena Kaili said there was “no news yet from our side.”

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Ms. Kaili was vocal supporter Qatar in The months preceding to The World Cup was recently visited by an official delegation.

“Today, the World Cup in Qatar is proof, actually, of how sports diplomacy can achieve a historical transformation of a country with reforms that inspired the Arab world,” Ms. Kaili said last month in a speech Before the European Parliament. “I alone said that Qatar is a front-runner in labor rights.”

“Still, some here are calling to discriminate them,” Ms. Kaili said of Europe’s approach to Qatar. “They bully them, and they accuse everyone that talks to them or engages of corruption.”