The defense attorney for the Greek European representative, Eva Kaili, announced that his client, who was dismissed on Tuesday from the position of Vice-President of the European Parliament for her involvement in a resounding financial corruption scandal, “did not know” about the existence of the money seized by the police in her apartment in Brussels.
Lawyer Michalis Dimitrakopoulos said his client was “innocent”, denying “false rumors” that she had taken bribes.
He added that Kylie, who was arrested by the police as part of a series of raids she carried out in and around Brussels, “has nothing to do with the cash that was found in her home (…) she was not aware of the existence of this money.”
The lawyer pointed out that Francesco Giorgi, his client’s life partner, could have “answers about the existence of this money.”
Giorgi, an Italian man who lives with Kylie in Brussels, has been arrested by the authorities in connection with the same case.
Kylie, 44, is one of 6 people arrested by the police as part of the raids they carried out.
She is also the only member of the European Parliament who has been charged in this case.
According to a Belgian judicial source, banknotes totaling 150,000 euros were found in her apartment in Brussels.
And Tuesday, members of the European Parliament voted 625 votes to one in favor of removing Kylie from the position of Vice-President of the Parliament.
On Wednesday, a Belgian judge will decide whether to keep Kylie and the three other defendants in detention pending trial or to grant them conditional release.
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