February 4, 2023

A pro-crypto MEP has reportedly been arrested in Belgium after facing corruption charges.

According to a new report from local Belgian publication Le Soir, Greek Social Democrat and Vice President of the European Union (EU) Eva Kaili, known as a digital asset advocate, was arrested along with three other officials for allegedly colluding with the nation of Qatar, the current host of the FIFA World Cup.

The report finds that EU anti-corruption investigators had information that a Gulf nation was allegedly trying to influence EU politics and economics by offering gifts and money to key officials as bribes. Although Qatar was not specifically mentioned, Le Soir reports that its sources refer to the country.

According to Politico, which saw the arrest warrant, Kaili is accused of “politically interfering with Members who work in the European Parliament in favor of Qatar and Morocco”. The lawmaker also reportedly met with Qatar’s labor minister in early November.

Earlier, in an interview with Real Vision Media, Kaili praised both blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens, saying she has been trying to pass legislation that would study and analyze the potential NFTs.

“Specifically for the NFTs… I think they represent a great opportunity. Two days ago I tried again to convince my committee to bring in an old own-initiative legislative report, because I don’t see that coming any time soon, and I think it would be very nice and important to clear the air and make sure that we understand what Europe’s approach [is].

So I asked for a dossier on the NFTs and to analyze the dynamics and potential of the market… I can think of several problems [NFTs] can solve… you can remove intermediaries, you can claim IP [intellectual property] rights directly online you can use them [for] authentication, verification [and] actually for trust, for transparency.”

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