Pier Antonio Panzeri, the alleged mastermind behind the Qatargate, should inform the entire reality to Belgian justice authorities and conceal nothing. If he doesn’t, he not solely “breaks the deal” however may even be accused of “perverting the course of justice”, a supply near the matter advised EURACTIV.
Panzeri lately sealed a take care of the Belgian justice to talk out relating to Qatargate and supply all obligatory info associated to the scandal. In trade, he would get a softer sentence.
“Panzeri goes to present new names concerned within the scandal of Qatar and Morocco”, the supply stated.
Thus far, Panzeri had remained silent.
However an Italian court docket’s determination to extradite his daughter to Belgium put stress on him, and the truth that each MEP Eva Kaili and her companion, Francesco Giorgi – a former assistant of Panzeri – put the entire blame on him for the reason that day they have been arrested.
The supply stated that Panzeri stunned everybody with the transfer to collaborate with the Belgian authorities.
For her half, Kaili insists she is harmless. She has stated she knew concerning the money present in suitcases in her condominium however has stated this cash belonged to Panzeri.
The supply stated Kaili was provided for the reason that starting to make such a deal if she would admit being responsible, however she refused to take action, the supply stated.
“Politically, she can be over, however legally, she would get a greater sentence […] she might proceed her life within the non-public sector”, the supply stated.
Morocco could also be extra severe
The supply defined that Panzeri’s expenses of “energetic bribery” are softer than “passive bribery”, which Kaili is accused of.
“Panzeri will declare that he acted as a ‘mediator’ for his ‘consumer’ Qatar”, the supply stated, referring to his listening to on the matter on Tuesday.
The identical supply additionally estimated that the case of Morocco would possibly find yourself being “extra severe” in comparison with Qatar.
For her half, Kaili’s lawyer has stated that in the course of the interrogation, the Greek MEP has been via “tortures” violating the European Conference on Human Rights.
In the meantime, EU establishments are on alert, fearing that extra names could come to the highlight following Panzeri’s listening to.
(Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)