Four in EU-Qatar bribery inquiry to stay in custody

Four people detained by police investigating an alleged bribery scandal involving World Cup host Qatar are to remain in custody.

They were detained last Friday as Belgian investigators found bags containing €1.5m (£1.3m) in a flat, a house and a suitcase at a hotel.

Greek MEP Eva Kaili missed the hearing and will return to court next week.

The court ruled two others should stay in pre-trial detention and a third must wear an electronic tag.

As the hearing took place in Brussels, it emerged that Belgium’s VSSE state security service had been working on the inquiry for more than a year, with the aid of other European countries.

World Cup host Qatar has strenuously denied any claims of misconduct as unfair and “gravely misinformed”.

Qatar has not been named officially by the prosecuting authorities, who initially referred to a Gulf state. However, the term Qatargate was being widely used by members of the European Parliament as they reacted to the unfolding drama.

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