“Looking at this affair only through the prism of money is a mistake. This is a spy affair. The Russian thread will sooner or later appear in this case,” Dominik Tarczynski, a Law and Justice MEP, said on Telewizja Republika. What is more, he revealed that there is a talk behind closed doors that MEPs from Poland may also be involved in the affair.
The scandal erupted in December with the arrest of former EP vice-president, Greek socialist Eva Kaili, who is suspected of taking huge bribes from Qatar. Kaili is not the only negative protagonist in the EP corruption-spy scandal. Her family and relatives are also implicated.
Pier Antonio Panzeri, a former Italian MEP, is also in custody. He is the founder of the NGO Fight Impunity, which created reports based on which resolutions against Poland were voted in the European Parliament. He has been charged in connection with the Panzeri affair. The former MEP would have faced 15 years in prison if convicted. However, he decided to strike a deal with the court.
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In contrast, it came to light yesterday (Jan 19) that the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, declared 142 gifts she had received on the public register for MEPs. However, she missed the deadline for MEPs to declare their gifts, in respect of 125 items on her list. The latest reports of the affair were commented on by Dominik Tarczynski, a Law and Justice MEP, on Telewizja Republika.
He assessed that it is a “spy affair”
He recalled that the settlement signed by Panzeri states that he is to “hand over all the names of those involved and a list of the countries that were involved.”
The presenter also asked whether Polish MEPs might also be involved in the affair.