Arrested MEP Eva Kaili will no longer wear an electronic bracelet

Eva Kaili

Prosecuting authorities in Brussels on Thursday confirmed the decision to remove the electronic bracelet monitoring arrested MEP Eva Kaili but said that she will be subject to restrictions that are not yet known.

A Belgian prosecutor’s office spokesperson confirmed an earlier AFP report on this to POLITICO.

“The investigation no longer requires her detention,” the prosecutor’s office said in a brief press release.

Kaili was one of the first to be detained last December, when the Belgian police launched raids in a sprawling investigation into whether foreign countries, including Qatar and Morocco, were bribing EU lawmakers.

After her detention was prolonged a couple of times, she was moved from jail to house arrest with an electronic monitor in mid-April, pending trial.

By being able to remove her electronic tag, Kaili is joining some of her fellow suspects — like Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella, who had this bracelet removed earlier and was seen back at the European Parliament this week, where he attended a committee and grabbed a drink in the café.

Kaili’s lawyers have declared before that she would seek to have her bracelet removed, in order to resume her duties as a lawmaker (not affiliated with a political group).

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