Inspections were conducted in the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg

Inspections were conducted in the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg

Investigators went to the home and office of a parliamentary aide. The Belgian Federal Prosecutor's Office cites indications that “members of the European Parliament were contacted and paid.”

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The European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium), April 12, 2024. (OLART FABIEN / HEMIS.FR / AFP)

Suspicions of Russian interference are being investigated in the European Parliament. Searches were carried out at the home of a parliamentary collaborator in Schaerbeek, Brussels municipality, as well as at his office in the Belgian capital, the Federal Prosecutor's Office announced in a press release on Wednesday, May 29. An inspection was also conducted at the request of the Belgian investigating judge. “In this employee's office at the European Parliament in Strasbourg”The press release specifies, “In close cooperation with Eurojust and the French judicial authorities”.

These searches are part of it “As part of the issue of passive interference, corruption and membership in an organisation criminal”Where suspicions fall on Russia.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office points to indications of this “Members of the European Parliament were allegedly contacted and paid to promote Russian propaganda via the Voice of Europe news website.”. These items indicate “The relevant European Parliament employee played an important role in this case.”.

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