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US Senator Menendez accused of influence peddling for profit of Qatar

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Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.

Agence France-Presse

American Senator Robert Menendez, already charged with corruption and influence peddling for the benefit of Egypt, is now accused of similar acts for the benefit of Qatar, according to a court document released on Tuesday.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Federal justice accuses him of having facilitated a Qatari investment in a real estate project in New Jersey, near New York, in exchange for bribes -wine.

According to the indictment, Robert Menendez made several public statements supporting the government of Qatar, statements which he rushed to send to the developer of the real estate project so that the latter could shares them with his Qatari contacts.

He would also have introduced this promoter, Fred Daibes, to a member of the Qatari royal family, one executives of the investment company.

The 70-year-old Democratic senator allegedly accepted and received, along with his wife, hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, including gold bars, large sums of money, and money. money and other valuable goods, according to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who brought together the already known case linked to Egypt with this new part involving Qatar.

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In September, the elected official denied the previous accusations outright, rejecting the appeals upon his resignation. However, he had given up the presidency of the powerful Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

The politician of Cuban origin, an old hand in politics, had already pleaded not guilty at the end of September to the previous accusations. A trial is scheduled to begin on May 6.

This is not the first time that the rich gas emirate has been cited in this type of affair. At the end of 2022, Qatargate splashed the European Parliament, with accusations of corruption involving a Gulf country, very quickly identified as Qatar, suspected of influencing the economic and political decisions of European deputies.

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