MEP Ojuland Escapes Expulsion (1)
Estonian European Parliament member Kristiina Ojuland, who recently set up her own political party, has been let off with a warning for accepting luxury accommodation from Azerbaijan's parliament while serving as an election observer.
A spokesman for Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, told Postimees today that six MEPs, including Ojuland, have been reprimanded, but more serious sanctions will not be resorted to.
Ojuland and the MEPs were in Azerbaijan in October, staying at a luxury hotel paid for by the nation's parliament. The MEPs later said the elections were free and fair, a position far from the stance of the OECD and other international organizations.
Ojuland has said she is unlikely to rerun for the European Parliament at the elections in two months, preferring to concentrate on building her own political party in Estonia.