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Italia. Freeze and confiscate the accounts of those involved in Qatargate

The Lombardy public prosecutor’s office said a court in Bergamo had ordered the freezing and preventive seizure of six accounts belonging to people accused of corruption in the so-called Catargate scandal in the European Parliament. Among the accounts seized at the request of an Italian judge were those of Antonio Panzeri, Luca Visentini and Francesco Giorgi.

A judge from Bergamo in the north Italian The Lombardy public prosecutor’s office said on Friday it had ordered the freezing and preventive seizure of six accounts owned by people accused of corruption in the so-called Qatargate scandal. In a statement, the Bergamo Public Prosecutor’s Office said that 200,000 euros were blocked in the account of Antonio Panzieri’s daughter and 40,000 euros in his bank account.

Panziri is referred to in the media as the “mastermind” of the entire corruption operation, which consisted of accepting bribes from Qatar And Morocco in exchange for activities that lead to their image.

Corruption in the European ParliamentStephanie Lecoq / PAP / EPA

According to Belgian investigators, both the wife and daughter of the former left-wing MEP were implicated in corruption. Therefore, he asked them to take them to Belgium. The Italian court agreed to extradite his wife, who immediately appealed the decision to the Italian Supreme Court. The decision regarding the ex-politician’s daughter has been postponed to January.

Arrests related to the Qatargate scandal

Together with Panziri they also captured m.in. Former Vice President of the European Parliament Eva Kaili z Greece and her Italian partner, Francesco Giorgi. Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, has left detention on parole.

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And the Public Prosecutor’s Office stated that among the accounts seized at the request of an Italian judge were those belonging to Visentini and Gheorghe, indicating that these activities were carried out at the request of the Brussels Court in connection with the investigation of corruption and participation in a crime. Community and money laundering.

ANSA reported that the Italian Financial Guard confiscated in recent days 17,000 euros in cash found in the home of the Panzirich family near Bergamo and 20,000 euros in Francesco Giorgi’s house near Milan.

Main image source: Stephanie Lecoq / PAP / EPA