EU parliament graft suspect Kaili to be released from custody

The 44-year-old Greek Socialist is accused of accepting bribes from Qatar in one of the biggest corruption scandals to hit European Union institutions.Kaili
and the Gulf state have denied any wrongdoing. It was not clear on what day Kaili is to be released but is expected to be released by Monday.
An official at her lawyer’s office said she would be released with an ankle bracelet. 

Kaili sees daughter for the first time

Kaili sees daughter for the first time

Eva Kaili, a former vice president and member of the European Parliament who is facing corruption charges in Brussels over her role in what has been dubbed Qatargate, saw her daughter for the first time on Friday since she was remanded in custody last month.

The Greek politician’s 22-month-old daughter was brought to the Haren prison in Brussels by her father, Alexandros Kailis.Kaili had submitted a request through her lawyers to be allowed to meet with her two-year-old daughter.Previous requests were denied, with authorities citing a lack of personnel due to the holiday season. 
Her lawyer, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, said on Thursday that her child would likely be used as pressure to “break” Kaili.“It crossed my mind that they were pressuring Kaili to confess, which is why they did not let her see her child,” he said, while also claiming that Amnesty International and other rights groups pressured Belgian authorities to approve the visit.

​​​​​​Kaili was arrested on December 9 and charged with corruption and money-laundering, as were her three co-defendants – her partner Francesco Giorgio, the Italian former MEP Antonio Panceri and the lobbyist Niccolo Figa-Talamanca. The latter three have pleaded guilty.




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