Morocco describes the investigation into Qatargate as media and judicial harassment

The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Naser Burita, described this Thursday as "continuous judicial and media harassment" the investigation into the scandal of the bribery network in the European Parliament, known as Qatargate, from which the two Arab countries would have benefited and which it has cost the ex-vice president of this House Eva Kaili the position.

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05 January 2023 Thursday 21:30
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Morocco describes the investigation into Qatargate as media and judicial harassment

The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Naser Burita, described this Thursday as "continuous judicial and media harassment" the investigation into the scandal of the bribery network in the European Parliament, known as Qatargate, from which the two Arab countries would have benefited and which it has cost the ex-vice president of this House Eva Kaili the position.

In a joint appearance in Rabat with the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, the Moroccan minister denounced that the attacks have "the will to damage" the bilateral association between Morocco and the EU.

“It is an association that faces continuous judicial harassment, perpetual media attacks and attacks on European institutions, and also in the European Parliament on issues in which Morocco is the object of targeted questions that are the results of calculations and a will to damage this association," he criticized.

Burita considers that these harassments come from "people, structures and media annoyed by a Morocco that is developing, that reinforces its leadership, and that is projected without complexes in its African, Arab and Mediterranean geopolitical environment". The Moroccan minister insisted on the need to "feed and immunize" the association between Morocco and the EU, while recalling that in the Western Sahara conflict his country measures the "commitment" of international partners through this prism.

At the press conference, Borrell expressed his concern about this case while asking to wait for the results of the investigation, in which the Belgian police are investigating alleged cash payments and favors to MEPs by Qatar and Morocco. “We are concerned about these events and the allegations are serious. In the EU there can be no impunity for corruption. We must wait for the results of the investigation," said the head of European diplomacy while calling on all parties to collaborate in the investigation.

The scandal of the bribery network broke out in December and has four defendants in preventive detention, including the Greek MEP and former vice president of that House Eva Kaili, and the former Italian MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, leader of the NGO Fight Impunity (Fight against Impunity) and alleged mastermind of the bribery network.

The President of the Moroccan Government, Aziz Ajanuch, has filed a complaint against the former French MEP José Bové for "defamation" after he accused him of trying to bribe him in the negotiations for the free trade agreement with Morocco when Bové was a member of the Commission of Foreign Trade.

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