Eva Kaili's appeal was rejected - She will remain in prison for at least another two months

Eva Kaili

The appeal filed by Eva Kaili's lawyer, Sven Mary, against the decision to extend the pre-trial detention of the Greek MEP by two months was rejected by the Brussels Court of Appeal.

Kaili has been in prison since December, when she was arrested for allegedly being involved in the Qatargate scandal.

Her line of defence suggested the need for the Greek MEP to be with her daughter, but also the fact that her partner, Francesco Giorgi, was released from prison with a monitor a few days ago.

As reported by ERT, the judges of the Court of Appeal were harsh towards Eva Kaili, with the prosecutor allegedly replying to her reports about the child that "his father is out anyway".

According to the same source, Francesco Giorgi has already met his daughter once, who continues to live with her grandfather but may visit her father.

Giorgi and Kaili were arrested on 9 December as part of the ongoing investigation into a cash-for-favours scheme that involved "large" sums of money and "substantial" gifts allegedly paid by Qatar and Morocco in a bid to influence the European Parliament's decision-making.

Qatar and Morocco vigorously deny the accusations, calling them unfounded claims.

Over €1.5 million in cash had been seized across dozens of raids, including €150,000 from Kaili's residence in Brussels.

Besides Giorgi and Kaili, three other individuals have been criminally charged: former MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri and Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella, both of whom are still in prison, together with NGO director Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, who was freed in early February.

Another socialist MEP, Andrea Cozzolino, was this month arrested in Italy and is fighting extradition to Belgium.

Panzeri, the presumed ringleader behind the cash exchanges, has struck a plea deal with Belgian authorities under which he admits his guilt in bribery and commits to sharing "revealing" information.

It's unclear if Panzeri's confession had any effect on the decision to release Giorgi under electronic surveillance, a request that was recently denied to Kaili herself.

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