Excluded from her party and from the Social Democratic group in the European Parliament: Greek politician Eva Kaili.
Eva Kayli loses her position as Vice-President of the European Parliament due to serious corruption allegations. On Tuesday in Strasbourg, members of the European Parliament voted with only one dissenting vote for the immediate removal from Greece of the politician, who is currently in detention. The leaders of the parliamentary groups in the European Parliament had already voted unanimously in favor of this in the morning.
Kylie herself had her lawyer protest her innocence. “Her position is that she is innocent. It has nothing to do with the money flows from Qatar, absolutely nothing,” Michalis Dimitrakopoulos told Greece’s Open TV. He was not allowed to comment on the details. He also did not have a picture of whether the money had been found, and if So, what are the amounts.But Dimitrakopoulos dismisses media reports that 160,000 euros were found under the cradle of Kylie’s little daughter.
The promise of complete enlightenment
The General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Luca Visentini, who was temporarily detained, also denied any guilt. “In the event of further allegations, I look forward to an opportunity to refute them because I have nothing to blame,” the Italian said, according to a statement from the ITUC published on Tuesday.
The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, addressed Parliament in an urgent speech on Monday, promising to fully clarify the allegations. In front of the revelation, she spoke of anger, indignation and grief. “The European Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, is under attack, European democracy is under attack, our kind of open, free and democratic societies are under attack.”
The decision is effective immediately
Mitsola stripped former TV presenter Kylie, who is one of the 14 deputy speakers of parliament, of all powers in the position over the weekend. She was also expelled from the Greek PASOK party and the Socialist Group in the European Parliament. A two-thirds majority of MPs was needed to remove her as vice president on Tuesday. The decision is effective immediately.
“In order to avoid further damage to European democracy, the corruption scandal must now be dealt with immediately and comprehensively, the full extent of which we are not yet able to imagine,” Martin Shirdiwan, head of the Left Party, told dpa. There should be an investigation committee and an ethics committee. “We are united in our goal of achieving full clarification and further preventive measures,” Green Party leader Terje Reintke told dpa. Your group is committed to total transparency.
Did Qatar try to influence the European Parliament?
Greek social democrat Kyli is one of six suspects arrested by Belgian authorities since Friday in a corruption scandal. Four of them were placed in remand on Sunday, including Kylie herself and her boyfriend and former deputy, Antonio Panzieri. A decision is due on Wednesday about her continued detention.
The four defendants are accused of involvement in a criminal organization, money laundering and corruption. It is noteworthy that the Gulf emirate of Qatar, which is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup, has tried to influence political decisions in the European Parliament with large financial and material donations. At EU level, for example, easing visa rules for Qatari citizens is currently being considered – the measure has been suspended in parliament for the time being following allegations of bribery. Qatar denies the allegations. (SDA/noo)
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