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Federal Prosecutor threatens proceedings for Meeting with Infantino

a Long time it looked as if the Corruption surrounding the football world could be the Association for the Swiss chief Prosecutor, Michael Lauber, to be a career highlight. 2015 Bernese office of the attorney General (BA) began an investigation in the Fifa context, leaders were arrested, 29 terabytes of data in raids ensured. Lauber was henceforth regarded as the man under whose direction the criminal justice authority, finally, be appropriate for the dubious Act of the football officials met.

But now, the Fifa could the topic not as a culmination, but as a career-Killer for Lauber. Because of the questionable operations affair to the close Links between Fifa boss Gianni Infantino and the top of the Swiss justice even the Supervisory authority of the office of the attorney General is rich in the meantime, (- BA) is active. On Wednesday, with AB-BA of the "süddeutsche Zeitung" on request, you do already since mid-March, preliminary investigations; to examine whether there are circumstances, "which justify the opening of a disciplinary investigation against the Federal Prosecutor".

At its core, it comes to discreet Meetings between the BA-peak and Fifa chief Infantino. And, above all, to dealing with a third Meeting in June 2017, to have concealed in the world Association and also of the Bernese authority.

In the autumn of 2018 broke that it had given only weeks to Infantinos election as Fifa President in March and April 2016, two Meetings with Lauber. This was against the Backdrop of the ongoing investigation by the Fifa swamp in General, is tricky; the processes were but with the addition of explosiveness, because the BA had just begun in the period between the two Meetings, a further method, the Infantino impacted personally. Although it ran against an Unknown, it was however, a strange TV-rights Deal, the Infantino in his time as Director of the European Union, Uefa 2009 had signed. The riot was, as these Meetings are known. In November 2018, Lauber had to go to the Public; his BA is justified by the fact that such a "coordination meeting" for large criminal cases because of the workload makes sense.

But the Problem is: There was yet a third Meeting, in June 2017, at the luxury Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern. And with this Rendezvous, the BA was very strange. At the press event in the autumn of 2018, this Meeting was not mentioned – not even the then active own Supervisory body. "In November 2018, on the occasion of the survey conducted by the Federal Prosecutor, through the AB-BA in connection with the two Meeting in the year 2016, the Federal Prosecutor, there had been no further Meetings with representatives of the Fifa or Uefa at the level of a Federal Prosecutor" that divides the-BA. Only in mid-March, she learned of a third meeting between Fifa and BA.

A Meeting that happened at a delicate time held

The, apparently, only in the context of the investigation of a Valaisan special Prosecutor in the case. Damian Graf was commissioned by the Canton of justice, which is an internal aspect of this affair investigate: the relationship between Infantino and one of his friend from the Valais Prosecutor – this was threaded in the BA-a Meeting for the Fifa Boss. Although the above-mentioned office of the attorney General and Infantino their third Meeting, first in relation to the special investigators. But count on this silence of the Meeting in June 2017, has been given to re-commissioning of the BA. On request of the Bernese authority said awkward, she had found evidence that "a further Meeting between the Federal Prosecutor Michael Lauber and President of Fifa, Gianni Infantino, in June 2017, close". Therefore research in-house seem to be as difficult to design.

Now the BA looks – after all, the Supreme prosecution authority of the Swiss justice – is suspected to have its own Supervisory institution are not correctly informed. The AB-BA does not want to comment until the conclusion of the preliminary investigation, which would probably take until the beginning of may, more to the point. The Federal government stresses the advocacy meeting, in turn, only the General importance of coordination. Multiple requests, why not the BA itself, but the Fifa this Meeting was toast, responded to the BA, nor of the concrete questions to be discreetly held in the third Meeting.

Can handle Lauber still appropriate with Infantino?

the fact is, that this Meeting took place at a delicate time. In the spring of 2017, the examination of the BA was still in the TV rights thing. And it was clear that Infantino was threatened with a lock by the then chief of the Fifa ethics chambers, if it should classify the BA in the process as a "Respondent". This is a special status in Swiss law between a witness and Beschuldigtem. In may of 2017 had Infantino, according to Graf's investigation report of the third Meeting thread – and at the same time, he removed the critical chief ethicist Hans-Joachim Eckert, and Cornel Borbely, away from their Offices and had obviously non-critical figures to install. A few months after the June Meeting, the BA was the investigation of the TV Deal.

All of this raises the question of whether the BA is able to adequately with the Fifa, and especially with Infantino deal. Special agent Graf found out that the Fifa Boss, the state attorney, made him the contacts to the BA-to-peak, free-of-charge services costs for the equivalent of up to 20'000 Euro had on Fifa. Such valuable gifts to Fifa rules and regulations are in accordance with prohibited. Swiss lawyers to raise the question of whether the lead BA would have to determine, therefore, against Infantino on suspicion of infidelity. Also, the BA says, so far, nothing. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 17.04.2019, 20:00 Uhr

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