MEPs lift immunity of 2 lawmakers linked to scandal

The European Union parliament on Thursday removed the protective immunity of two lawmakers linked to one of the bloc's biggest-ever corruption scandals, paving the way for them to be questioned by Belgian investigators.

In a show of hands, the assembly voted overwhelmingly to lift the parliamentary immunity of Belgian lawmaker Marc Tarabella and Italian Andrea Cozzolino. Both men previously said, through their lawyers, that they are willing to cooperate with the Belgian authorities.

Live television images showed that Tarabella voted in favor of having his own immunity lifted.

The two have denied any links to the scandal, in which Qatari and Moroccan officials are suspected of offering bribes to influence decisions at the European Parliament. Qatar and Morocco have also vehemently denied involvement, but the assembly has suspended work on all Qatar-related files...

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