Money laundering: Media: Confession in EU corruption scandal

According to media reports, one of the suspects in custody in the corruption scandal surrounding the European Parliament confessed.

Money laundering: Media: Confession in EU corruption scandal

According to media reports, one of the suspects in custody in the corruption scandal surrounding the European Parliament confessed. The partner of the ousted Vice-President of the European Parliament, Eva Kaili, has admitted to being part of an organization used by Qatar and Morocco to meddle in European affairs, the newspapers Le Soir and La Repubblica reported on Thursday Citing investigative documents.

The Belgian judiciary is investigating suspected corruption, money laundering and influence from abroad in the vicinity of the European Parliament. Six suspects have been arrested since Friday, two of whom have been released. Eva Kaili's detention date has been postponed to next week.

Suspicion also against Morocco

According to the report, Kaili's partner, himself an assistant in the office of an Italian MEP, accused former Italian MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri of being the head of the alleged organization. Both are still in custody. According to the report, his own role was to manage cash. He went on to say that two MPs had received money from Panzeri. Panzeri's lawyer replied to "Le Soir" request that he did not have this information.

"Le Soir" and "La Repubblica" also reported that the investigations are aimed at Morocco as well as the Gulf state of Qatar. In the European Arrest Warrant, which was issued for Panzeri's wife and daughter last week, Morocco is also suspected of "having politically intervened with members of the European Parliament on behalf of Qatar and Morocco against payment". The Moroccan secret service is also involved.

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