Greek MEP admits requesting father to dispose of €750k in Qatar bribe funds.

Greek MEP admits requesting father to dispose of €750k in Qatar bribe funds.

Former vice-president of the European Parliament Eva Kaili is now being held in a Belgian jail while a probe into her receipt of cash payments from Qatar is ongoing.

Eva Kaili, 44, is anticipated to acknowledge during a court hearing tomorrow that when her husband was detained on suspicion of accepting bribes from Qatar in return for favourable coverage in the European parliament, she instructed her father to dispose of the “dirty money” worth £659,000 (€750,000).

Ms. Kaili maintains that she “has never in her life taken a bribe” and that her boyfriend only told her about the items in her bag after he was taken into custody.

The lawyer for Ms. Kaili in Greece, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, told a Greek radio station that once his client reportedly learned of the wrongdoing, she requested her husband’s associates to return the “dirty money.”

On December 9 at the Brussels Sofitel hotel, her father was taken into custody along with the bag of cash. According to a Greek MEP’s arrest order filed the same day and referenced in Belgian media, Ms. Kaili confessed giving her father instructions to conceal the money.

On Thursday, Ms. Kaili will appear in court, at which time it will be determined whether to keep her in jail until her trial. She is anticipated to claim innocence and demand that she be released.

After blaming her husband, who has apparently admitted to his part in the corruption scandal, for the existence of supposedly “dirty money” in their property, she is hoping to spend Christmas with her 2-year-old.

After blaming her husband, who has apparently admitted to his part in the corruption scandal, for the existence of supposedly “dirty money” in their property, she is hoping to spend Christmas with her 2-year-old.

Speaking to the local radio station, Mr. Dimitrakopoulos said that the Greek MEP is innocent “without footnotes and asterisks.”