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Fear in Brussels. The former politician will reveal the details of the scandal in exchange for a lesser sentence

Fear in Brussels.  The former politician will reveal the details of the scandal in exchange for a lesser sentence

Fear in Brussels. The former politician will reveal the details of the scandal in exchange for a lesser sentence

Panzeri will inform investigators of key details of an ongoing investigation into whether other countries, including Qatar, have illegally influenced the work of the European Parliament, according to a statement from the Belgian prosecutor’s office. The former politician will provide information on the financial arrangements, countries involved, beneficiaries and people involved.

Significantly, Panzeri also agreed to reveal whom he had bribed, the prosecutor’s office said.

In return for Italy’s cooperation, he will receive a lesser sentence, including a prison sentence, a fine and the confiscation of property he acquired illegally, estimated at €1 million.

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This is only the second time that Belgium has invoked the use of the so-called repentant status since the creation of this institution in 2018. It is about a person who provides important information about the perpetrators or accomplices of a crime in exchange for leniency.

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