AA / Ankara / Nur Asena Erturk
Eva Kaili was removed from her post as vice-president of the European Parliament on Tuesday following allegations of corruption.
Eva Kaili, one of the 14 vice-presidents of the European legislative body, from the center-left Greek party PASOK-KINAL, was arrested by Belgian police on Friday after her home was searched on charges of corruption allegedly linked to Qatar.
The European Parliament revealed in a public statement the decision “to end the mandate of Vice-President Eva Kaili.”
The decision was approved Tuesday morning by 625 votes in favour, 1 against and 2 abstentions, the statement added.
And to continue that the European Parliament will hold a debate this afternoon on the suspicions of corruption, the transparency and the responsibility of the European institutions, and “will vote a resolution on the question Thursday around noon”.
European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said in a tweet that “this decision is effective immediately”, adding: “We will continue to cooperate fully with the relevant national police and judicial authorities.”
Kaili’s father was also taken into custody after police discovered he was in possession of a suitcase containing a large amount of cash, according to local reports.
The European Parliament will launch an “internal” investigation into the corruption charges. Metsola previously said “there will be no sweeping under the rug”.
Qatar dismissed the “baseless and grossly ill-informed” allegations, categorically rejecting “any attempt to attach him to charges of misconduct.”
*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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