Qatargate: The accountant of former MEP Pancheri was arrested

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The accountant of former MEP Antonio Panzeri, one of the protagonists of the bribery and corruption scandal in the European Parliament dubbed ‘Catargate’, was arrested by prosecutors in Milan on a European arrest warrant issued today by Belgian prosecutors.

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The woman, identified as Monica Rossana Bellini, was charged with conspiracy, corruption and money laundering. Its offices were recently searched in the context of the case, in which Morocco is also allegedly involved, as well as Qatar, as reported by international agencies and relayed by the Athens News Agency.

Pancheri, prime suspect in Qatargate pleads guilty to Belgian prosecutors in the framework of which he is sentenced to one year in prison. He signed a plea in exchange for that prison sentence, a fine and the confiscation of all his assets that are the proceeds of crime, estimated to be worth around one million euros, Belgian federal prosecutors said. He agreed to help the police in their investigations.

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The deal was reached after his lawyer said the people under investigation could face up to four years in prison and media reported that Pancheri had given fellow suspect Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella 120,000 to 140,000 euros.

Source: News Beast

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