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28 May, 2024
 
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Kaili to go home after denying all charges

Jailed MEP to be released to house arrest but still facing corruption charges in EU parliament corruption case

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Greek MEP Eva Kaili, the former European Parliament vice president accused of corruption, is said to be released from custody while still facing charges, with her lawyers saying he would not admit to crimes she did not commit.

Kaili was arrested last December during a criminal investigation by Belgian authorities into whether foreign countries, including Qatar and Morocco, were bribing EU lawmakers.

It was not clear what prompted Kaili’s imminent release during Orthodox Easter but Greek media cited sources in Brussels that said authorities connected the dots after speaking with Panzeri

Her partner, EU parliament staffer Francesco Giorgiand, as well as alleged ringleader and former Italian EU lawmaker Pier Antonio Panzeri were among those arrested but all were later later released, with some promising to name names.

Kaili’s lawyers say their client was a victim of false accusations and have spoken about an Italian job while the Greek MEP and mother of a young child, has maintained her innocence throughout her incarceration.

It was not clear what prompted Kaili’s imminent release during Orthodox Easter but Greek media cited sources in Brussels that said authorities connected dots in the case after speaking with the alleged mastermind, referring to Panzeri.

Kaili remains a suspect but she will likely be at home with an ankle bracelet and spending time with her daughter.

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