Belgian justice closes the case on the involvement of the Kingdom – Today Morocco

Belgian justice closes the case on the involvement of the Kingdom – Today Morocco
Belgian justice closes the case on the involvement of the Kingdom – Today Morocco

Morocco’s ambassador to Poland is no longer suspected

European Parliament : In 2023, the European Parliament adopted a resolution accusing Morocco and Qatar of interference after several MEPs were accused of receiving bribes from these countries.

Belgian justice has closed the investigation into the alleged “corruption” affair involving the Moroccan ambassador to Poland, Abderrahim Atmoun, for lack of evidence. Belgian investigators went to Rabat but found no evidence of corruption. The continuation of the investigation was transferred to Moroccan justice, which probably means the end of the case on the Belgian side. The alleged corruption case echoed a more high-profile corruption case involving the European Parliament over Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
Note that the investigation concerned the corruption of members of the European Parliament with a view to obtaining political advantages. The suspects included: Pierantonio Panzeri, Francesco Giorgi, Eva Kaili, Marc Tarabella and Maria Arena. The issue of Qatar’s corruption, linked to improving its image ahead of the FIFA World Cup, has also been linked to these people. Although the suspects have been released, the investigation continues.

The scandal helped strengthen regulations on lobbying in the European Parliament, increasing the transparency of MEPs’ activities and limiting their contacts with lobbyists. In 2023, the European Parliament adopted a resolution accusing Morocco and Qatar of interference after several MEPs were accused of receiving bribes from these countries.

This resolution highlighted a system of corruption and money laundering involving several MEPs and their assistants, orchestrated to influence Parliament’s decisions in favor of these nations. These accusations had strained relations between Morocco and the European Union.

Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, then denounced the “persistent media and legal campaigns” aimed at harming the bilateral partnership between Morocco and the EU.

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