BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Belgian justice ministry spokesman said on Thursday that the EU ministry was investigating a corruption scandal linked to Qatar during the World Cup. The National Security Agency has been working closely with the intelligence agencies of other European countries for more than a year, able to discover the truth by narrowing the field of suspects.
Belgian investigative authorities arrested four people, including former European Parliament vice president Eva Kairi, on 9. Prosecutors believe Qatar paid the four men money and other items to secretly influence EU policy decisions.
Belgian police said they found a total of 1.5 million euros in cash during a 9 to 12-day house search and posted on social media a photo of a suitcase and two briefcases filled with large amounts of euro banknotes. large. In addition, Italian investigators searched seven bank accounts linked to the suspects and found €20,000 in the house where a suspect lived, sources said.
A person familiar with the matter said it was expected to be announced on Tuesday whether Kairi would remain in custody pending an investigation. Both he and Qatar have denied any wrongdoing.