EU court says European parliament cannot deny FOI request about convicted lawmaker

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's General Court ruled on Wednesday that the European Parliament could not deny a Freedom of Information request for documents sought by transparency activists about an unidentified member of the EU Parliament convicted of a crime.

"The European Parliament must give access, in the interests of public scrutiny, to information relating to a Member of the European Parliament who has been convicted in a court of law", the court said in a statement.

(Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout)