BRUSSELS — Police launched 16 raids throughout Belgium’s capital Friday as a part of a probe into corruption and cash laundering involving the European Union parliament and an unidentified Gulf nation, the federal prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
4 individuals have been detained for questioning, and investigators recovered round 600,000 euros ($633,500) in money and seized pc tools and cell telephones throughout the Brussels raids, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.
The assertion didn’t title the 4 however mentioned one was a former member of the European Parliament.
The raids focused specifically assistants working for EU lawmakers, the assertion mentioned. The EU meeting has 705 elected members from the bloc’s 27 member nations. Every lawmaker has quite a lot of assistants.
Prosecutors mentioned Belgium’s federal judicial police suspect the unidentified Gulf nation of attempting “to affect the financial and political selections of the European Parliament.”
It mentioned this was allegedly performed “by paying massive sums of cash or providing massive presents to 3rd events with a big political and/or strategic place inside the European Parliament.”
The EU parliament’s press service declined to touch upon the raids whereas an investigation was underway, however mentioned the meeting was cooperating totally with Belgian police.