A Swiss special prosecutor has launched a crook case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino. This is in connection with an undocumented assembly in 2017 between Infantino and the Swiss attorney general as FIFA was once being investigated.
Stefan Keller, the special prosecutor, discovered “elements that make up reprehensible behavior” in another investigation involving Infantino and Attorney General Michael Lauber. Imaginable infractions in the crook case against the FIFA president include abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, “assisting offenders” and “incitement to these acts.”
Lauber resigned after being disciplined in March for misconduct. The assembly that sparked all this was once taking place while the international governing body of soccer was once being investigated on allegations of breach of consider, fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. Neither Infantino nor Lauber could bear in mind what took place at that assembly, nor did Lauber take any paper money on what happened. It was once their third assembly in a 15-month period.
“On the basis of general life experience, this sort of case of collective amnesia is an aberration,” the federal court ruling said final week, per the Associated Press.
The FIFA president said in a remark: “As president of FIFA, it has been my aim from day one, and it remains my aim, to assist the authorities with investigating past wrongdoings at FIFA. FIFA officials have met with prosecutors in other jurisdictions across the world for precisely these purposes.”
FIFA also reiterated a preceding remark the president had made on the matter back in June, where he quipped that the whole issue was once “absurd”.
“To meet with the attorney general of Switzerland is perfectly valid and it’s perfectly valid,” it reads. “It’s no violation of anything. To the contrary, it’s also a part of the fiduciary duties of the president of FIFA.”