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A key suspect in EU 'Qatargate' corruption scandal cuts deal, will talk

By Emily Rauhala and Beatriz Ríos

17 Jan 2023 · 2 min read

Italian politician Pier Antonio Panzeri may expose more EU dirt after agreeing to divulge details of an alleged cash-for-influence scheme in return for a reduced sentence. The Washington Post reports.

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BRUSSELS - A key suspect in a corruption case that rocked the European Parliament has cut a deal with Belgian authorities, agreeing to share details on an alleged cash-for-influence scheme - and potentially exposing more European Union dirt - in return for a lesser sentence.

Pier Antonio Panzeri, an Italian politician who was an elected member of the E.U.'s legislative body from 2004 until 2019, signed a memorandum with Belgian officials on Tuesday, admitting his role in the alleged fraud and promising to name names, including "the identity of persons he admits to having bribed."

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