x

Politics

Greek MEP Denies Qatar Bribery, Police Raids Find 1.5 Million Euros

December 14, 2022

ATHENS – Greek Member of the European Parliament Eva Kaili, who was detained during an investigation into alleged bribery by Qatar to buy influence, has denied any involvement or wrongdoing.

She was stripped of her duties as a Vice-President, ejected from her PASOK party in Greece and suspended by the Parliament’s Socialists & Democrats who had been reluctant to be tough on the World Cup host Qatar.

Kaili, who went to Qatar, returned to make a provocative defense on the floor of Parliament of the country’s labor rights record despite reports as many as 6500 foreign workers died building facilities for the soccer tourney.

She – along with her partner Francesco Giorgi, who works as a parliamentary assistant, and Italian former MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, were also taken in for questioning as the probe widened

Belgian investigators found 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in raids in two homes, including earlier reports that police caught Kaili’s father carrying 500,000 euros ($532,860) in a suitcase at a hotel and had found another 150,000 euros ($159,860) at her Brussels home.

Qatar, which has tried to fend off criticism of bribing its way into hosting the World Cup, has denied any wrongdoing, as did Kaili. Her lawyer Michalis Dimitrakopoulos told Greek TV that she “declares her innocence and that she has nothing to do with bribery from Qatar,  without mentioning the cash.

There was uncontested evidence, he added in a later statement, that “every move, contact and statement made by Eva Kaili regarding Qatar was made in execution and application of the official policy of the European Union.”

 

RELATED

For Hellenes and Philhellenes, there are a variety places, sentiments, and ideas that draw them to different parts of the Hellenic world.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

10 Years after Armed Standoff with Federal Agents, Bundy Cattle are Still Grazing Disputed Rangeland

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The words “Revolution is Tradition” stenciled in fresh blue and red paint mark a cement wall in a dry river wash beneath a remote southern Nevada freeway overpass, where armed protesters and federal agents stared each other down through rifle sights 10 years ago.

JERUSALEM  — Booms and air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem early Sunday after Iran launched dozens of drones and ballistic missiles toward Israel in an unprecedented revenge mission that pushed the Middle East ever closer to a regionwide war.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors realize they will have a hard road to reach the playoffs.

The Ford Bronco initially was conceived and designed for rugged outdoorsy types, a two-door means of escape to nature from the bustling cities of mid-century America.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LeBron James had 37 points — including six in the final minute — and 10 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 36 points and 14 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 123-120 on Friday night.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.