Belgium Charges Another EU Lawmaker with Corruption

Brussels — Belgian prosecutors have charged another European Union lawmaker, Marc Tarabella, with corruption in a cash-for-influence scandal that shook the European Parliament, Belgium’s daily Le Soir reported.

Tarabella, a Belgian socialist, was detained on Friday. Le Soir quoted federal prosecutors as saying on Saturday he was charged with corruption, money laundering and membership in a criminal organization.

Tarabella’s lawyer, Maxime Toller, said his client denied any wrongdoing during the questioning by Belgian authorities.

The so-called Qatargate scandal started last December when authorities charged four people linked to the European Parliament — which sits in the Belgian capital Brussels — over allegations that World Cup host Qatar lavished them with cash and gifts to influence decision-making.

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