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European Parliament Vice-President Eva Kaili was arrested as part of the ongoing investigation.
On Monday afternoon, the Belgian police carried out a search at the headquarters of the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels to seize data for the investigation on the corruption and money laundering case involving EP officials with Qatar.
The EP security services and the Belgian police froze the computer resources of ten parliamentary collaborators to prevent data from disappearing.
These events coincide with the celebration of a debate in the EP plenary session that will meet in the French city of Strasbourg, where the official headquarters of this institution is located.
On this day, the Belgian police also carried out 19 searches in private residences and offices in search of evidence about the corruption scandal.
Several bags full of cash allegedly linked to World Cup host Qatar have been found following the arrest of European Parliament Vice-President Eva Kaili in a corruption probe. pic.twitter.com/3LsQoJtOqA
During the searches, some 600,000 euros were confiscated at the home of one of the suspects, another thousands of euros in a suitcase in a Brussels hotel room, and some 150,000 euros in the apartment of a MEP.
Four people were arrested and will appear before a Belgian court (the Council Chamber) on Wednesday. Among those detained is a member of the European Parliament.
Authorities also confirmed that the European Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili, who is from the Greek socialist formation PASOK, and the former MEP Antonio Panzeri, who directs the NGO Fight Impunity, were arrested in connection with the case.
#Qatar | An estimated 6,500 South Asian migrant workers have died to date during the construction of the venues for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup. pic.twitter.com/6YDGwax342