Friday, March 30, 2007

Two Italian MEPs implicated in fraud as authorities conduct 30 early morning corruption raids in several countries. The investigation was led by a Belgian prosecutor who began inquiries three years ago. It is said to involve building contracts (!), possibly relating to EU officials who had gone around normal procurement procedures for EU buildings and services in the national capitals in exchange for kick-backs. 150 officers participated in the bust, which was also at Berlaymont and at the offices of the MEPs. Other raids occurred in Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Italy. Three arrests were made; OLAF was involved as well as Italian and French authorities.

EU Observer reports:

"The office of a European Parliament assistant was also searched, with parliament officials however declining to comment on the reason for the apparent involvement of the assistant."

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