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Ex-MEP charged in EU corruption scandal admits hyperlinks to Qatar & Morocco, lawyer says


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The lawyer of former MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri confirmed on Wednesday the involvement of Qatar and Morocco within the corruption scandal rocking the European Parliament however rejected claims his shopper was the mind of the operation.

“Mr Panzeri confesses in the present day to having actively participated in acts of corruption in reference to Qatar and in reference to Morocco and due to this fact to having been corrupted and to having corrupted others,” his lawyer, Laurent Kennes, instructed Euronews. 

He nevertheless refused to substantiate whether or not extra international nations are implicated, arguing that the secrecy is to “allow the investigation to maneuver ahead.”

“Everybody is aware of that we’re speaking a couple of case that considerations Qatar and Morocco. If there are different nations, the investigation should be capable to proceed with out all the pieces being disclosed to the press. And that’s known as the secrecy of the investigation,” he stated.

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The Belgian Federal Prosector’s Workplace introduced on Tuesday that Panzeri, an Italian socialist who served three phrases within the parliament, had signed a so-called “repentance settlement” and pledged to share “substantial, revealing” details about the cash-for-favour scheme in change for a decrease sentence.

4 folks, together with Panzeri, have thus far been arrested and charged in relation to the investigation probing “giant sums of cash” paid by a rustic thus far solely formally recognized as a Persian Gulf state, however extensively believed to be Qatar, with the goal to affect the European union’s policy-making. 

Doha and Morocco, which has in latest weeks emerged as one other potential participant, each vehemently deny the allegations.

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No new names but

As a part of the deal struck with the Belgian authorities, Panzeri additionally recognised being a “chief of the prison organisation,” Kennes stated, including nevertheless that “it does not imply that he’s the one chief.”

“It means that he’s at the very least one of many leaders of an organisation that had as one in every of its goals to deprave folks,” the lawyer stated.

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Beneath the deal, Panzeri dedicated to informing Belgian authorities of the involvement of different folks, together with the identification of the individual he admits to having bribed. However Kennes declined to offer names or say whether or not sitting MEPs or officers working in different EU establishments are concerned, as soon as extra citing the secretive nature of the investigation.

Making such names public “can be asserting prematurely what he’ll say in a secret setting” and “can be a violation of the settlement we have now with Federal Prosecutor’s Workplace,” Kennes stated. 

“It isn’t in my shopper’s curiosity to speak his data, which we talk in his curiosity and in relation to the voice he needs to hold in the present day. However we aren’t speaking on components that he’ll talk to the courts, for the sake of justice,” he added.

The opposite three people at the moment detained are Greek MEP Eva Kaili, her companion Francesco Giorgi and NGO director Niccolò Figà-Talamanca. Belgian authorities have additionally requested the lifting of immunity of two extra socialist MEPs: Marc Tarabella (Belgium) and Andrea Cozzolino (Italy).

‘Benevolence’ for Panzeri’s spouse and daughter

In change for his cooperation, Panzeri is to be slapped with a five-year suspended jail sentence, with not more than a 12 months spent in detention in jail or underneath digital surveillance. He will even obtain a suspended fantastic of €80,000, with an additional €1 million to be confiscated. 

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Kennes defended the deal to Euronews, saying that “the curiosity for justice is to have somebody who now not has an curiosity in defending himself or herself and who has no curiosity both in falsely accusing somebody or in saying that somebody has completely nothing to do with it, besides maybe these near him.”

Panzeri in the meantime, already is aware of his sentence whereas “it was fairly doable that he can be sentenced in 5, six or three years’ time” and acquired the same sentence then.

However he additionally hopes that there might be “a sure benevolence on the a part of the general public prosecutor” with regards to his spouse, Maria Dolores Colleoni, and daughter, Silvia Panzeri, that are suspected of getting been conscious of the illicit actions.

Belgian authorities have requested their extradition from Italy which the 2 ladies have appealed. 

“Each have attorneys in Italy they usually hope that they won’t be handed over to the Belgian authorities however they’ll likely be interrogated in Belgium, which is kind of regular.

“They’ve already given their approval, that I do know, to be questioned within the hope that they won’t be questioned in a detained setting,” Kennes stated.


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