October 4, 2023



Kaili suspended as EU Parliament vice president in Qatar scandal

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Greek MEP Eva Kaili was suspended from her role as vice president of the European Parliament after she was arrested in a corruption investigation on Friday.

The Parliament’s president, Roberta Metsola, suspended Kaili with immediate effect — but does not have the power to permanently remove her from the top post.

“In the light of the ongoing judicial investigations by Belgian authorities, President Metsola has decided to suspend with immediate effect all powers, duties and tasks that were delegated to Eva Kaili in her capacity as Vice-President of the European Parliament,” said a spokesperson for Metsola. One of those duties was to replace Metsola on Middle East issues.

Kaili had already been suspended by the Socialists & Democrats and expelled from the center-left Pasok party in Greece. But she cannot be jettisoned completely from the vice president role before a vote by top political group leaders in the assembly and then the full Parliament.

Belgian police on Friday detained Kaili as part of a corruption probe into alleged illicit lobbying activities by Qatar.

As part of the investigation, police searched the home of Belgian Socialist MEP Marc Tarabella on Saturday evening and removed computers, Belgian newspaper The evening reported on Sunday. The raid took place in the presence of Metsola, the newspaper said. Tarabella has not been arrested, according to the report.

Tarabella is vice chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula. In November, Tarabella told POLITICO that, thanks to the World Cup, Qatar has become “a good example to follow for the other countries in the neighborhood.”

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