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EU Corruption Charges ‘Very Serious’

BELGIUM – European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen says allegations Qatar bribed European Union officials to try to win influence are of the “utmost concern”.

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BELGIUM – European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen says allegations Qatar bribed European Union officials to try to win influence are of the “utmost concern”.

Belgian police have arrested four people, among them European Parliament Vice-President Eva Kaili. The four have been charged with corruption and money-laundering while Qatar has denied wrongdoing.

Belgian police say they seized cash worth about €600,000 in 16 searches in Brussels on Friday. Computers and mobile phones were also taken.

No other suspects have been publicly named, but Kaili is understood to be among those who have been indicted.

Von der Leyen says the accusations were “very serious” and called for the creation of a new EU ethics body.

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