February 9, 2023


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Eva Kylie ‘Didn’t Know’ Money Was Found in Her Home

The lawyer for the vice-president of the European Parliament has reaffirmed his client’s “innocence” after bags filled with 150,000 euros worth of banknotes were found in his apartment.

Eva Kaili, a Greek MEP embroiled in an alleged scandal involving Qatar, “didn’t know there was any money” in her home in Brussels, her lawyer Michalis Dimitrakopoulos said on Tuesday.

Michalis Dimitrakopoulos assured that the elected official was removed from the post of Vice-President of the European Parliament, “for the money found in his house (…) and he did not know this money was there”. Interview at his office in Athens.

He reaffirmed his client’s “innocence” when bags filled with 150,000 euros worth of banknotes were found in his apartment in Brussels, according to a Belgian judicial source.

His companion who was imprisoned

The lawyer, who spoke on several occasions with Eva Kylie, who has been jailed since Sunday in Brussels, underlined that only her partner (Italian Francesco Giorgi, who lived with her) could provide “answers to the existence of this silver”.

Francesco Giorgi is one of three other people jailed in connection with the scandal.

The 44-year-old elected socialist is suspected of being paid by Doha to protect the interests of the emirate, which is currently hosting the World Cup.

“False Rumors”

Qatar has strongly denied the allegations, but a judicial source confirmed that the country is well-known to Belgian investigators. Michalis Dimitrakopoulos also noted that “tomorrow (Wednesday)” Eva Kaili will “demand her release” from judicial authorities in Brussels.

“He is not a fugitive or a suspect in any other crime,” added the lawyer, who hoped his client would be released on parole.

He vehemently denied “false rumours” that Eva Kylie received bribes from Qatar.

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“She will fight to prove her innocence,” he promised, “inform her fellow MEPs (…) that the link between her name and the corruption of Qatar or any other country or Gulf countries is completely untrue.” He said.