A pre-trial council in Brussels extended the detention of Greek MEP Eva Kaili by another two months during a hearing on Thursday (local time), according to local news agency Belga.

Kaili, one of the European Parliament vice-presidents, was arrested on December 9, 2022 in Brussels over the European Parliament case of corruption known as Qatargate.

Italian former MEP Antonio Panzeri, who was arrested the same day, will also remain in detention, the council decided.

This was the third time Kaili appeared before the council since her arrest, and she has a right to appeal the decision.

After Kaili’s hearing, her new defense lawyer Sven Mary replacing Andre Risopoulos, said he requested that the judges release her on parole, or at least put her under house arrest with an electronic bracelet, in order to be with her 24-month-old daughter. Her other lawyer Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, also attended, AMNA reported.