Heard in Europe

The European Investment Bank has been rocked by a Peeping Tom scandal after an employee allegedly hid cameras in the changing rooms for female staff.

The bank’s president Werner Hoyer has announced that one employee has been suspended and a police inquiry has been opened in Luxembourg, where the bank is headquartered.

About 150 women have been notified they may have been affected by the alleged voyeurism.

“The human resources department has given the details of a psychologist to those who are in a state of shock,” one employee told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The bank had initially launched disciplinary proceedings after the employee, a man in his 50s, was given a suspended three-year jail sentence in March in relation to pornographic material.

“The inquiry then found elements showing other potentially illegal activities by this individual on these premises,” the EIB said, adding that it involved “visual material.”

“The investigations took a lot of time because there was a lot of material to view,” a spokesman said, adding that the bank had brought in an external expert. “No one here at the bank has viewed the material.”

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