Belgian court extends detention of ex-MEP Eva Kaili
"As part of a wide-ranging investigation by the Federal Prosecutor's Office into alleged acts of organized crime, corruption, and money laundering, E.K. and M.T. appeared on February 28 before the indictment at the Brussels Court of Appeal,” the court said in a statement.
It added that the preventive detention of these two suspects was extended by two and one months respectively.
Kaili, 44, from Greece's center-left PASOK-KINAL party and one of the European Parliament's 14 vice presidents, was arrested after her home was searched on corruption charges allegedly involving Qatar, which was accused of paying Kaili to lobby for the Gulf state's interests.
Also, up to €1.5 million ($1.62 million) in cash was seized by the Belgian police across dozens of home and office searches. In addition, parliamentary computers were also confiscated to protect important data.
Those detained alongside Kaili also included Italian European Parliament Deputy Pier Antonio Panzeri, Kaili's partner Francesco Giorgi, who worked as an assistant in the European Parliament, and Niccolo Figa-Talamanca, the director of the non-governmental organization working on rule of law.