Qatar reiterates denial that its authorities concerned in EU corruption case

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Qatar reiterated on Sunday that the nation denies any involvement in a corruption case being investigated by Belgian authorities involving individuals linked to the European Parliament.

Belgian authorities have charged 4 individuals linked to the European Parliament over allegations World Cup host Qatar lavished them with money and presents to affect decision-making. Qatar has beforehand denied any wrongdoing.

A press release on Sunday by a diplomat from Qatar’s mission to the European Union mentioned “preconceived prejudices” led the parliament to vote on Thursday to droop all work on laws involving Qatar and to bar Qatari representatives from its premises.

The suspension impacts laws linked to visa liberalisation, an EU-Qatar aviation settlement and deliberate visits till the allegations have been confirmed or dismissed.

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“The decision to impose such a discriminatory restriction…will negatively effect regional and global security cooperation, as well as ongoing discussions around global energy poverty and security,” the diplomat mentioned.

Qatar had been “exclusively criticised and attacked” within the investigation and was deeply upset that the Belgian authorities “made no effort to engage with our government to establish the facts” the assertion mentioned.

A spokesperson for the European Parliament declined to touch upon the accusation.

Spokespersons for the Belgian Justice Ministry and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office didn’t instantly react to requests for remark.

The ministry mentioned on Wednesday its intelligence service labored carefully with different European international locations for greater than a 12 months to uncover the graft scandal.