Greek authorities have asked Panama for information about possible transfers of funds from Qatar to accounts belonging to MEP Eva Kaili, who is now being held in Brussels.
BRUSSELS – What is certain is that Greece’s anti-money laundering department has asked Panama to check whether there have been transfers of funds from Qatar to the bank accounts of Eva Kayley and her family members, after Greek social media replicated like wildfire. After the former vice president of the European Parliament hid 20 million euros in the Central American country. Defender Eva Kylie calls them slanderers, while MP Andrea Cozzolino is ready to give up immunity.
Order Anti-Money Laundering Authority chief Charalampos Vourliotis, who had already frozen the Kaili family’s assets, goes back to December 29. When the news began to spread about the flow of 20 million euros to the Bladex Bank in Panama on two accounts in the name of Eva Kaili, who was arrested on December 9 in the investigation of the alleged interference of Qatar and Morocco in the European Parliament, while her father Alexandros and his mother Maria Ignatado reached other accounts 4 million For both of them. The flyers said the money came from Doha. The accounts’ existence was actually denied on December 21 by Bladex who identified the information as false Considering that in the Bank, which provides services only to other banks or important companies, there are no funds directly or indirectly attributed to the persons involved in the investigation. The falsity of these virtual wire transfers proved beyond reasonable doubt that they were overestimated by Kylie’s lawyer, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos.
After his arrest and his father in the act of committing a crime, who was leaving with 600 thousand euros in cash, The Greek MEP from PASOK cannot count on immunity until a trial application. Instead, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Brussels should have asked Parliament to revoke protection for Campania MP Andrea Cozzolino, who is suspended from the Democratic Party, and for fellow Italian-Belgian S&D group Mark Tarabella, who is implicated in an investigation into criminal association, corruption and recycling.
On Monday, Tarabella said he was giving up immunity, and Cozzolino is now preparing to do the same after a lengthy meeting via Zoom with attorneys Federico Conte, Desio Ferraro and Dimitri De Beco. Cozzolino remained in Naples, where he received unexpected news of a request from the magistrate. It was no coincidence that on 21 December he so surprisingly requested that the judges hear him to help ascertain the truth, and to waive the guarantees of parliamentary immunity for that purpose, in a declaration which was in fact foreshadowing the future decision. Today, continuing this line, he must also request to be heard by the Legal Affairs Committee (Juri) of the Eurochamber. who will take over the case from January 16th. At that session, Cozzolino must reiterate his determination not to take advantage of immunity, even if the MEP’s regulation does not give the MEP the right to abdicate, the revocation of which must be debated and then decided by the Council. Even if everything indicates that the abolition will happen even in a short time, given the preferential path announced by President Roberta Metsola.
In the Qatargate case, Cozzolino’s name was brought to light by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Brussels and investigating judge Michel Claes. With his assistants Francesco Giorgi and Antonio Panzieri, the former powerful chancellor from Campania will be part of the team able to influence the political orientation of the Socialists and Democrats in favor of Qatar and Morocco. Documents indicate the existence of links between Kozolino and Moroccan intelligence through Rabat’s ambassador to Poland, Abd al-Rahim Atmoun. The one from whom he allegedly received orders came from Yassin Mansouri, the head of the Dedg Agency whom he allegedly met personally, he claims. I did nothing, unacceptable, that MEPs have always repeated. It is unpredictable when he will appear before the judges or be summoned. He adds that I have great confidence in the Belgian judiciary in a polite manner as well.
Yesterday, the hearing was postponed to 16 January in Brescia Extradition to Belgium of Maria Collione and Silvia Panzeri, wife and daughter of the head of the NGO Fighting Impunity He was arrested because he is considered the focus of machinations loyal to Qatar and Morocco. The information requested by the judges did not arrive from Brussels after lawyers Angelo De Riso and Nicola Colli, the defenders of the two women (under house arrest), raised doubts about living conditions in Belgian prisons.
Jan 3, 2023 (changed on Jan 3, 2023 | 22:46)
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