The former Vice-President of the European Parliament, Eva Kaili, was allegedly subjected to a torture condition in prison last week: the two Greek politicians’ lawyers, Mihalis Dimitrakopoulos and André Risopoulos, denounced this at the end of the hearing on the review of pre-trial detention.
Lawyers: “Approval requested with electronic wristband”
“Eva Kaili was in solitary confinement from Wednesday January 11th to Friday January 13th by order of Coroner Michel Claise. For sixteen hours she was in a police cell, not in jail, and out in the cold. She was denied a second blanket” and “this is torture,” said MEP Eva Kaili’s lawyers at the end of the Brussels court hearing on the precautionary measures taken on Greek politicians arrested over a month ago as part of the so-called Qatargate probe are to be applied.
“We have again asked for the release of Eva Kaili with alternative measures such as an electronic bracelet or other types of similar measures,” the two politicians’ lawyers said at the end of the pre-trial detention review hearing.
Application denied: Kaili remains in prison
However, Kaili’s legate’s request was denied. According to the Belgian public prosecutor’s office, the council chamber of the Brussels court has indeed decided to confirm the prison sentence for the former vice-president of the European Parliament. Kaili has to remain in prison for at least another month.