Kaili. ‘I will not go to Greece until I am declared innocent’

Former European Parliament vice-president Eva Kaili, suspected of being involved in the alleged corruption case Qatargate, said she will not return to Greece, her homeland, until her “innocence” is recognised. In an interview with the Sunday edition of the Greek newspaper “To Vima”, Kaili declared: “If I can’t convince the Belgian justice of my innocence, I will never go back to my country of origin”. Kaili is suspected of having favored the requests of some foreign powers for several years, including Qatar, regarding some decisions of the European Parliament, in exchange for cash payments.

“The thought of my daughter supported me”

Kaili has always denied all charges and was released from prison on Friday and transferred to house arrest with the obligation to wear an electronic bracelet. “In December 2022, when I was informed by the media of the allegations against my partner and father of my daughter (Francesco Giorgi), my whole world collapsed,” Kaili told the Greek newspaper. “Times have passed when I thought about putting an end to this torture (…) but the thought of my daughter sustained me”, added the MEP.