The daughter of former Italian MEP Antonio Panzeri may be handed over to justice in Belgium, a court in Brescia in northern Italy ruled on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, the European Parliament in Strasbourg will hold a debate on a corruption scandal set against the backdrop of lobbying for Qatar and Morocco.
Earlier, he made a similar decision in the case of Maria Colleoni, Panzeri’s wife, who appealed against this decision.
According to investigators investigating corruption in the European Parliament, both Panzeri’s wife and daughter were aware of his bribery activities and participated in the transfer of money received by him.
Arrests in connection with corruption scandal in the EP
When the former MEP was arrested, both women were placed under house arrest in Lombardy, Italy, under a European Arrest Warrant. They are accused of participating in a criminal group, corruption and money laundering.
The final decision on their transfer to Belgium rests with the Italian Supreme Court. Among those arrested in the corruption case in the European Parliament are m.in. its former vice-president Eva Kaili z Greece.
Corruption scandal debate
On Tuesday afternoon, the European Parliament in Strasbourg will debate a corruption scandal set against the backdrop of lobbying for Qatar and Morocco. A request for a debate was made by several political groups in the European Parliament on Monday.
Ultimately, by way of compromise, MEPs will debate “new developments regarding allegations of corruption and foreign interference, including those related to Morocco, and the need to increase transparency, integrity and accountability in European institutions.”
After the vote on the organization of the debate, the results were announced, according to which 385 MEPs were in favor and 4 abstained. The correction to the vote was then submitted by Polish MEPs: Andrzej Halicki (PO), Ewa Kopacz (PO) and Krzysztof Hetman (PSL). As Halicki, who is the head of the PO-PSL group, said, there was a mistake, and all three support the organization of the debate.
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