The investigation team working in the PACE confirmed the fact of systemic external influence on the decisions of the assembly, as well as the activity of certain deputies contradicting the ethical standards. This is stated in the report of the group, which was presented to the PACE Bureau today, April 22, European Truth reports.
It is reported that Azerbaijan most actively developed the system of bribery, however, investigators specify that more than one country were caught in such activities.
"During our work, information was also received about non-standard situations related to other countries," said the head of the investigation team, Judge Nicholas Bratza.
The concentration of the investigation on Azerbaijan was due to lack of time, he clarified - the most accusations sounded regarding to this country.
He said that sufficient evidence was gathered against a number of deputies.
"7 members and former PACE members acted contrary to the ethical standards of the assembly," he said.
We remind you that allegations of corruption towards PACE deputies began to sound in 2012. Then a number of evidence was published that the Azerbaijani government systematically bribes the deputies. These accusations were ignored for several years, but in 2015 the Italian police detained ex-MP Luka Volontė - the investigation confirmed a number of charges.
After the appearance of new evidence, during the scandal with Pedro Agramunt, the PACE and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe had to agree to create an external investigation team composed of former President of the European Court of Human Rights Nicholas Bratz, French judge Jean-Louis Brurieux, and ex-judge of the ECHR, Swedish ombudsman Jean-Louis Brurie.