Swiss attorney general investigated over handling FIFA case
13 May 2019

AP — Switzerland’s attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case related to his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings.

The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber said Friday it is examining possible violations of his duties in the FIFA case. It began as an investigation into suspected money laundering in World Cup bidding.

The inquiry puts Lauber at risk of being removed from office while he seeks a new four-year term from Swiss lawmakers.

“It’s my duty to tell the truth and maintain my candidature,” he said at a news conference held close to Switzerland’s parliament. “If you are a prosecutor you have to be able to handle criticism.”

Lauber must answer for an undeclared third meeting he had with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in 2017, which he acknowledged Friday had been his responsibility to remember.

By Graham Dunbar, AP, 10 May 2019

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