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Re-election of Federal Prosecutor Lauber is moved

The re-election of Federal Prosecutor Michael Lauber will be postponed to the fall. The judiciary Committee of the United Federal Assembly decided on Wednesday unanimously, to make an application for re-election.

As the reason the Commission President, Jean-Paul Gschwind CVP (/JU) called before the Federal house media on the ongoing investigation. This had opened, the Supervisory authority of the office of the attorney General (BA) last week against the Federal Prosecutor. Lauber filed in turn a Supervisory input against the AB-BA in the case of the business audit commissions of the National Council and Council of States (GPK).

The GPK had listened to the Federal Prosecutor at the beginning of the week. The judicial Commission did not receive all the logs to this hearing, said Gschwind. "The judicial Commission will not be decided in haste." You have therefore decided unanimously to postpone the decision on the choice of recommendation. The re-election Lauber would have been provided in the summer session.

No vote of no confidence

It was a vote of censure against the Federal Prosecutor, said Matthias Aebischer (SP/BE), the Chairman of the competent sub-Committee. The decision does not have to do directly with the investigation. The Commission was merely "don't rush in this heated Situation."

The court Commission session two more meeting dates before the autumn. If necessary, they can perform according to Aebischer for more sessions. To ensure that you has better decision-making basis, the Commission requested from the AB-BA for the fall, an interim report to the disciplinary investigation.

The end result of the investigation don't want to wait, according to Aebischer mandatory. It is possible that the investigation takes a year. "We want to not allow ourselves to be in Zugzwang."

The Federal Prosecutor took the decision of the court of Commission knowledge, as she writes in a statement. You stand by the competent bodies continue to be in full for all the clarifications and open questions. Also with the AB-BA, the Federal Prosecutor wants to work together "in the legal framework of the supervision activity".

Lauber memory gaps

the Background of the deferred choice recommendation are not documented informal meeting with the Fifa chief Gianni Infantino. In the room is the suspicion of violation of official Secrecy, because uninvolved third parties participated in the Meeting.

To the Supervisory authority Lauber had only two Meetings in the year 2016. Later, he admitted that there had been in 2017, a third Meeting. He claimed to remember this. According to the GPK, there are currently no indications that the Federal Prosecutor would not have, in this respect said to be aware of the truth.

The non-logged Meeting could lead to delays in the process. According to the GCC were in connection with the current Fifa process several recusal request against the Federal Prosecutor and the proceedings leading prosecutors before the Federal criminal court in Bellinzona.

counter-attack, the Federal Prosecutor

Despite the many open questions Lauber maintains its candidacy for a third term. On Friday, he had attacked the AB-BA sharp. Lauber language in connection with the disciplinary investigation as an "institutional crisis" and "interference in the independence of the office of the attorney General". (anf/sda)

Created: 15.05.2019, 18:51 PM

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