BRUSSELS, 25 May. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The investigating judge investigating the alleged payment of bribes by Qatar and Morocco to MEPs to gain weight in EU decisions has authorized this Thursday the withdrawal of the electronic bracelet from the former vice president of the European Parliament charged in this case, the Greek socialist Eva Kaili, so far under house arrest.
This has been indicated by a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office in a statement collected by Europa Press in which he also specifies the decision to release Kaili under judicial supervision responds to the fact that “the needs of the investigation no longer require his detention.”
The release of the Greek MEP is subject to the “usual conditions” in this type of case, without specifying whether this implies that she needs authorization from the judge to leave the country or if she is authorized to have contact with other investigated.
Since the Belgian authorities uncovered the case at the end of 2022, six people have been charged, including Kaili, who retains her seat as an MEP but was dismissed as EP vice-president after her arrest.
In the operation on December 9 that led to these arrests, the Police also seized at least 1.5 million euros in cash hidden in bags and suitcases, most of it at the homes of Kaili and former MEP Pier-Antonio Panzeri. , considered a ‘ringleader’ of the plot as a link with Qatar and Morocco.