2022-12-19 13:48:29

Morocco's Occupation of Western Sahara Is at Center of Growing European Parliament Bribery Scandal

A corruption scandal involving Qatar and Morocco is rocking the European Union, with authorities in Belgium earlier this month raiding the homes and offices of multiple European Parliament lawmakers for allegedly accepting bribes from the two governments. The raids recovered hundreds of thousands of euros in cash. Among those arrested was European Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili, who in the lead-up to the World Cup repeatedly defended Qatar against critics. Ana Gomes, a retired Portuguese diplomat who was a member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2019, says that while the investigation was initially focused on Qatar, "it looks more and more that Morocco should be the center of the investigation." We also speak with Francesco Bastagli, a former United Nations special representative for Western Sahara, who notes that Morocco has cultivated a sophisticated network of "friends" in Europe who have helped the country in trade agreements and in gaining acceptance for its illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

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