The European Parliament issued a statement on Tuesday stating that Kelly (pictured) was disqualified as the deputy speaker of the European Parliament.


[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] Eva Kaili, the Greek vice-president of the European Parliament, and four others have been accused of accepting bribes from Qatar to beautify the image of Middle Eastern countries. This is considered to be the largest corruption in the European Parliament in decades In one of the cases, the Belgian prosecutors prosecuted 4 people after confiscating 1.5 million euros (approximately NT$48 million) in the suspect’s residence, including Kelly. The European Parliament issued a statement on Tuesday stating that Kelly’s qualification as the European vice president was removed. .

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, the European Parliament issued a statement on the 13th. There are 14 European vice-presidents. After voting by all members, the result was 625 votes in favor, 1 vote against, and 2 abstentions.

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At present, Kelly's office in the European Parliament has been blocked, and at the same time, she was expelled from the European Parliament's Socialist and Democrats Progressive Alliance (S&D) and the Pan-Greek Social Movement Party (PASOK). His relatives and other assets were also frozen by the Greek government.

Kelly is understood to have met with Qatari Labor Minister Ali bin Samikh Al Marri ahead of the World Cup in November and said she believed the World Cup would be a moment of political transformation and reform for Arabs. Later, the European Parliament also expressed support for Qatar's recent labor reforms. However, after the country hosted the World Cup, human rights disputes such as the exploitation of foreign migrant workers and the multi-gender ethnic groups have been reported from time to time.

At the same time, Kelly's lawyer, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, was interviewed by Greek TV and pointed out, "Kelly is innocent, she has nothing to do with the bribes from Qatar." Dimitra Copoulos said, "I will not confirm or deny the fact that a large amount of cash was found at her home."

According to people familiar with the matter, in addition to Kelly, the other three defendants are former European Parliament member Pier Antonio Panzeri, a former parliamentary assistant, Kelly's husband Francesco Giorgi, and the secretary-general of the Human Rights Movement. Lamanca (Niccolò Figa-Talamanca), currently 3 have not given a public response.

Belgian prosecutors said that they began to suspect that a Gulf country was trying to pay bribes in Brussels more than four months ago. Although they did not publicly name them, a person involved in the case clearly pointed out that it was Qatar.

The Belgian police searched several buildings in Brussels, including parliamentary offices and 19 residences, and seized a total of 1.5 million euros, some of which were hidden in a suitcase in a hotel room. It is known that 4 suspects have been arrested for involvement in criminal organizations, corruption, Charges such as money laundering are expected to appear in the pre-trial court on the 14th local time.