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Spies, cash and luxury hotels: EU corruption probe explores Morocco links

By Andy Bounds and Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli

11 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

It turns out that Qatargate is even bigger than we thought. As the FT explains, a central figure in the scandal that has rocked the European Parliament also received bribes from Moroccan officials.

Pier Antonio Panzeri and his family expected to welcome the new year in a five-star hotel in Marrakesh, allegedly paid for by the Moroccan government. Instead the former Italian lawmaker, his wife and daughter, spent it under arrest.

Panzeri has emerged as a central figure in the corruption probe that shocked the Brussels establishment in December when Belgian police raided the premises of the European parliament and seized more than €1.5mn in cash at Panzeri and two other suspects’ houses.

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