Qatargate: A Shock Test to the EU’s Transparency and Accountability Framework

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Friday, January 20, 2023
Alex Mostaghimi

On December 9, 2022, the Belgian police executed a 20 different raids on 19 addresses across Brussels to investigate a suspected corruption incident.  During the enforcement action, Belgian police arrested Alexandros Kaili and found “several hundred thousand euros” on his person.  Alexandros is the father of European Parliament vice president Eva Kaili and the circumstances of his detention resulted in his daughter losing diplomatic immunity and allowed police to search her property.  Belgian police would eventually find 150,000 in an apartment she shared with her partner Francesco Giorgi and conduct similar raids on various high-level European officials, the results of which culminated into a continent-shaking scandal called Qatargate.