Qatargate suspect Eva Kaili moves to house arrest

ER Editor: The piece below is from 3 days ago, April 14. And this from 2 days ago —

Of note:

The so-called Qatargate cash-for-influence corruption probe has also ensnared Kaili’s partner, Francesco Giorgi, and several other current and former EU lawmakers, including former Italian MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri — the alleged ringleader of a bribery network who struck a plea deal with Belgian investigators in January.

Since then, all the detained suspects have been released with an electronic monitoring tag, leaving Kaili the last to remain in custody. On Friday morning, she left the Haren prison in the north of Brussels for her apartment on Rue Wiertz, about 100 meters from the European Parliament’s main buildings.



Greek MEP Eva Kaili sits in the back of a vehicle arrives at her home in Brussels upon her release | Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP via Getty Images

BRUSSELS — Eva Kaili is back home — for now.

On Friday, Kaili, one of the main suspects in a cash-for-influence corruption probe at the European Parliament, was released from jail to house arrest pending a trial.

The Greek EU lawmaker had been locked up since last December, when she became one of the first people arrested and charged with corruption in a sprawling investigation into whether foreign countries, including Qatar and Morocco, were bribing EU lawmakers.

Kaili, a celebrity politician back home, managed to evade the cameras Friday morning as she left the Haren prison in the north of Brussels and entered a waiting black Mercedes with tinted windows. The car then ferried her home for the first time in four months.

Shortly after Kaili arrived home, her father Alexandros Kailis — who was caught in December with a cash-filled suitcase his daughter had given him — was spotted on the apartment’s balcony smoking a cigarette in the sun while sipping a hot drink.



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