The vote at the request of the Belgian investigating judge Claise, who is investigating alleged acts of corruption aimed at influencing the decision-making processes of the EU institutions
The plenary of The European Parliament will vote this morning in Brussels to lift the immunity of MEPs Marc Tarabella and Andrea Cozzolinoat the request of the Belgian investigating judge Michel Claise, who is investigating alleged acts of corruption aimed at influencing the decision-making processes of the EU institutions, the so-called Qatargate.
Both Tarabella and Cozzolino have asked for their immunity to be waived; both have long said they were available to be heard by the investigating judge. Cozzolino also obtained a hearing from the Juri commission, before which he recalled, while declaring that he wanted to waive his immunity, that the request for his removal is extremely generic and that in Italy it would have been rejected for this very reason .
Tarabella, who is also burgomaster (mayor) of Anthisnes, in Wallonia, did not ask to be heard in the committee, declaring that he wanted to speak to the magistrate first. The other main suspects (Pier Antonio Panzeri, who has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Eva Kaili, Francesco Giorgi, Niccolò Figà Talamanca) have been in prison in Belgium for almost two months. Figà Talamanca initially obtained house arrest, but the Public Prosecutor’s Office opposed it and obtained his transfer to prison.