The Washington PostThe Washington Post

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

By Emily Rauhala and Beatriz Ríos

17 Jan 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

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.

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."

Sign in to informed

  • Curated articles from premium publishers, ad-free
  • Concise Daily Briefs with quick-read summaries
  • Read, listen, save for later, or enjoy offline
  • Enjoy personalized content