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May 17, 2022

Anticorruption prosecutors ask EP to lift Severin’s immunity

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) asked the European Parliament to strip MEP Adrian Severin of immunity from prosecution, according to a press release quoted by Mediafax. The request was sent to EP President Jerzy Buzek via the Justice Ministry, and mentions that Severin is suspected of taking bribes and influence peddling.
The probe against the MEP began after ‘The Sunday Times’ revealed that three members of the European Parliament, including Severin, accepted money from undercover journalists who claimed to be lobbyists in exchange for introducing various legislation amendments. The other two MEPs involved in the case, Austrian Ernst Strasser and Slovakian Zoran Thaler immediately resigned their seat in the EP, but Severin repeatedly refused, insisting that resignation would equal acceptance of guilt. Under huge public pressure, Severin was excluded from the socialist group in the EP and eventually agreed to resign from the Social Democrat Party, remaining however an independent MEP. The European Parliament has also begun an investigation into the accusations.

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