Former French European Parliament member Jean-Charles Marchiani is being held in custody on corruption charges. He is being investigated for alleged misappropriation of funds, influence peddling regarding the sales of arms to Middle East countries in the 1990s and obtaining cash from the release of hostages in Lebanon in 1988, according to AFP wire reports. Marchiani denied all accusations earlier this week and claimed he was sent as an emissary by then French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua to secure the release of the hostages.
As a MEP, Marchiani was exempt from being taken into custody, but investigators pounced now that he no longer sits in the European Parliament. (EUobserver.com)