Belgian prosecutors arrested At least four suspects, which includes a lawmakerThey raided multiple properties across Brussels in their “apartment” of raiding them. “major investigation” into possible bribery An unidentified person carries out the duties of European Parliament officials Gulf nation.

Investigators from the Federal Judicial Police suspect that a gangster has been operating in the Federal Judicial Police for several months. Gulf Country of trying “to influence the economic and political decisions of the European Parliament,” the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office said in Friday’s statement Eva Kaili, a Greek lawmaker A vice-president of the European Parliament was also elected. arrested in Connection with probeAccording to Antonio Panzeri, an ex-deputy italyan, to Reports from the media

Kaili’s office didn’t immediately respond to You can send an email to request comment after normal business hours. The Socialists & Democrats group in The parliament has been suspended Kaili’s membership in Response to The investigation. Fight Impunity, the non-governmental organization that Panzeri chairs, didn’t respond to Send an email to request comment. 

“This is done so by paying large sums of money or offering large gifts to third parties with a significant political and/or strategic position within the European Parliament,” Prosecutors were also added.

Officials didn’t identify the country involved but Le Soir newspaper said it was Qatar, currently hosting the final stages of the soccer World Cup. The nation’s embassy in Brussels didn’t immediately respond to A request for comment was made. A spokesperson for the European Parliament said the institution doesn’t comment on judicial proceedings but fully cooperates with national authorities, including in This is the case. They didn’t immediately comment on the lawmakers arrested.

Officials said they recovered about €600,000 in Cash and seized computers, mobile phones in Friday’s searches included 16 According to the Belgian agency, there were 16 searches on Friday. “were conducted as part of a major investigation for alleged offenses of criminal organization, corruption and money laundering.”

–With assistance from Lyubov Pronina and Luca Casiraghi.

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