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Belgian police have taken action against an office in the EU Parliament – link to possible Russian interference

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The European Parliament in Strasbourg. Archive photo: Halvard Alvik / NTB

Of NTB | 29.05.2024 16:33:07

War and conflicts: The actions were carried out on Wednesday morning.

According to a statement from Belgian prosecutors, they searched both the person’s office in the European Parliament building in Brussels and the employee’s office in Strasbourg, France, where the European Parliament’s headquarters are located. The home in the Schaerbeek district of Brussels was also searched.

– The searches are part of a case of interference, passive corruption and membership in a criminal organisation, the prosecution writes in a statement.

Furthermore, it says that the case is connected to signs of Russian interference, where members of the EU Parliament were “approached and paid to promote Russian propaganda via the Voice of Europe news site”.

An unnamed source tells the AFP news agency that it is about the former assistant to EU parliamentarian Maximilian Krah, who belongs to the German far-right Alternative for Germany party.

A spokesman for Krah says that the arrested person has not been part of the staff for two years and that they otherwise do not consider themselves to be influenced by foreign persons.

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