EU vice-president is arrested amid corruption probe linked to World Cup hosts Qatar 


EU vice-president and Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili is ARRESTED amid claims World Cup hosts Qatar tried to corrupt another politician

  • Eva Kaili, 44, was voted in as a vice-president of the EU in January 2022
  • It follows the arrests of four people in Brussels earlier on Friday in the probe
  • It  is understood police are investigating alleged corruption attempts by Qatar

Vice-president of the EU Eva Kaili was arrested in Brussels on Friday evening by police investigating alleged lobbying by World Cup hosts Qatar at the European Parliament. 

Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili, 44, is being questioned after the arrests of four other people as officers searched 16 properties earlier on Friday.

This is said to include Ms Kaili’s partner Luca Visentini, 53, who is the current General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC.

It is understood that all four of those originally arrested are Italian citizens or of Italian origin. 

Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili, 44, is said to have been arrested in Brussels on Friday

Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili, 44, is said to have been arrested in Brussels on Friday

Belgian police arrested Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili, 44, in Brussels on Friday evening

Belgian police arrested Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili, 44, in Brussels on Friday evening

Ms Kaili is a member of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement and was voted in as a vice-president in January 2022. She has been an MEP since 2014.

Belgium’s federal prosecutor announced the earlier arrests after 600,000 euros in cash was discovered when police raided 16 addresses raids in the capital Brussels.

The prosecutors did not specify the identities of the suspects or name the country involved, saying only that it was a ‘Gulf’ state.

The searches were carried out as part of a wider investigation into ‘criminal organization, corruption and money laundering,’ and primarily targeted parliamentary assistants, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement. 

But a source close to the case confirmed press reports that it was focused on suspected attempts by Qatar to corrupt an Italian Socialist who was a member of the European parliament from 2004 to 2019.

This story is being updated. 

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