Greek MEP Eva Kaili says she is innocent and “has nothing to do with Qatar’s corruption”, the lawyer representing her in Greece told local television on Tuesday.
Kaili is at the center of a spiraling investigation into corruption and bribery by World Cup host country Qatar. She was arrested by the Belgian police during a series of searches which led to the finding of €600,000 in a private individual’s home, “several hundred thousand euros” in a suitcase stolen from a Brussels hotel and €150,000 in the Kaili’s apartment.
“I don’t know if any money was found or how much was found,” Kaili’s lawyer, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, told local Open TV.
Dimitrakopoulos said Kaili’s father, Alexandros Kaili – who was arrested in the Belgian operation but has since been released – said no restraints were imposed on him by the Belgian authorities and that ” he is free if he wants to come to Greece” but “When a father sees his child in such a difficult situation, he remains [their] side.”
Kaili’s family assets in Greece have also been frozen by Greece’s anti-money laundering authority, it said on Monday. The politician’s lawyer plans to file an appeal tomorrow against this decision.