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EU offices raided in fraud inquiry.

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Three Italians have been arrested in Brussels accused of being involved in a major corruption scandal inside the European Union. At dawn yesterday searches were carried out at 30 addresses across Italy, France and Luxembourg including the European Commission’s offices and the European Parliament in Brussels – in connection with the investigation.

The prosecuting magistrate, in Brussels, said the case involved huge sums of money – certainly millions of euros – over a period of 10 years. An Italian MEP’s assistant, a civil servant within the EU responsible for the infrastructure of EU delegations abroad, and a businessman in the property industry are now being questioned by police. Their names have not been revealed.