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Confession of partner of Greek MEP accused by Qatargate: “I did all this for money I didn’t need”

Brussels.- Italian francesco giorgi35, one of four arrested for an alleged corruption and money laundering conspiracy that completely incriminated the European Parliament, admitted responsibility money bringerIn his statement on Wednesday before the Brussels Council Chamber, thus acquitting your partnerUntil a few days ago the Vice President of the European Parliament, eva cali,

“I did it all for money I didn’t need”declared man, as can be seen from the documents to which the newspapers had access Evening why Republic,

Giorgi implicated the MEP as well Andrew CozzolinoHead of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with MaghrebIncluding Morocco.

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as reported by the newspaper EveningKozolino’s parliamentary assistant Giorgi admitted his role in it. An organization used by Qatar and Morocco to bribe MEPs and assistants to the European Parliament in order to gain political and economic weight in the European Union (EU)and assured that he manages the payments, indicating Both Cozzolino and Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella benefited from the conspiracy through former Italian MP Pier Antonio Panzeri.

Giorgi would have admitted that he and Panzeri had shared everything, but he would also have assured that the money found was his and that Callie knew nothing that she was innocent and should be released to care for her daughter., The Greek’s defense maintains something similar, denies knowledge of that money and ensures that only his partner can give an explanation.

Documents to which the Belgian newspaper has access will show Panzeri, Cozzolino and Giorgi’s contacts with Moroccan intelligence and the Moroccan ambassador to Poland, Abderrahim Atmun.

A Photo From The Belgian Federal Judicial Police On December 14, 2022 Shows A Combination Of Images Showing Several Hundred Thousand Euros Found In A Hotel Room As Part Of The Qatargate Investigation.
A photo from the Belgian Federal Judicial Police on December 14, 2022 shows a combination of images showing several hundred thousand euros found in a hotel room as part of the Qatargate investigation.Handout – Federal Judicial Police

As part of the operation, Belgian police found Over 1.5 million Euros in cash recovered during searches of addresses in Cali and Panzeri. It was the arrest of the Greek socialist’s father last Friday at a Brussels hotel with a suitcase full of “several million euros” (750,000) in cash that served to demonstrate the “major crime” that prompted authorities to arrest the then vice president. permitted to. -The president, who was removed from office in a vote by the European Parliament on Tuesday.

The court of first instance in Brussels on Wednesday ordered preventive detention on several people detained in the plot. In Kelly’s case, he too will remain in jail until at least next Thursday, December 22, when he appears in court.

After the scandal, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola announced the launch on Thursday “Comprehensive reform” of the control mechanism in that institution.

“As of today I am preparing a comprehensive reform package that should be ready in the new year. This will include strengthening whistleblower protection systems,” Metsola said after speaking at a summit of EU leaders .

He said that this package of reforms will also be taken care of. “a taboo [de acceso] from all informal friendship groups; A review of our Code of Conduct rules, and a full review of how we interact with third countries.

The Maltese official said there are “cracks” in the current rules that must be resolved.

“There are cracks that we have to close, such as when we talk, for example, about the activity of former members of the European Parliament, who are on the transparency list, or who can enter the European Parliament.”

AFP and DPA agencies

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