EU parliament graft suspect Kaili released to house arrest

Eva Kaili, the former European Parliament vice president

© APA | Eva Kaili, the former European Parliament vice president

# 14 April 2023 16:18 (UTC +04:00)

Eva Kaili, the former European Parliament vice president accused of accepting bribes in one of the biggest scandals to hit European Union institutions, was released from custody to house arrest on Friday, APA reports citing Reuters.

The 44-year-old Greek Socialist was driven in a black Mercedes with her lawyer from Haren prison in northern Brussels to her apartment near the European Parliament, where she wound down the window to speak briefly to reporters.

"My daughter is waiting for me so I'm very happy that I will be with her in a bit. So thank you. We will talk soon," she said before the car disappeared into a garage.

Kaili and others are accused of accepting bribes from Qatar and Morocco in exchange for influence in EU policymaking.

The MEP (member of the European parliament) and the Gulf state have denied any wrongdoing. Morocco has complained of "judicial harassment" and media attacks.

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