29th May 2013: Andrew Brons has received a response to his Question for Written Answer to the European Commission on the Police raid at the home of the former MEP, Ashley Mote.
"The house of the former MEP, Mr Ashley Mote, was raided by ten police officers on 5 March 2013, five weeks after the publication of his book (‘A Mote in Brussels’ Eye’) on 31 January.
"The material seized included some EU-related documents.
"Is the Commission aware of any institution of the EU that would wish to investigate Mr Mote, and for what purpose?
"The Commission might have data protection concerns regarding this matter, but Mr Mote is aware of my question and has no objection."
An answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission:
"The Commission is normally not informed about OLAF's investigations concerning other Institutions.
"For the benefit of answering this question, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has informed the Commission that it carried out an investigation relating to Mr Ashley MOTE from December 2008 to November 2010 and that the final case report was transmitted both to the European Parliament and to the UK Judicial Authorities who will consider whether a criminal offence may have been committed under national law."