FIFA President Giannis Infantino faces trouble as Switzerland prosecutors have launched legal proceedings against him.
The reason for this move from them was in relation to an alleged secret meeting Giannis Infantino held with the Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber.
Just last week Lauber threatened to resign, after a court had stated that he refused to let-out the meeting with Infantino, Lauber also lied to the supervisors during an investigation by his office into corruption surrounding Fifa. Both have denied any wrongdoing.FIFA responding to the counts launched against them reiterated their readiness to co-operate with the investigation.
In a statement released through Fifa, Infantino said: “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 exactly these purposes.”
Fifa also mentioned what Infantino made in June, when he said: “To meet with the attorney general of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and it’s perfectly legal. It’s no violation of anything.”
Michael Lauber is due to resign today after he officially tendered his resignation letter with his activity due to end on 31 of August. It comes after special prosecutor Stefan Keller was appointed in June to review criminal complaints against the two men and others.
Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said.
“This concerns abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, assisting offenders and incitement to these acts,” the watchdog overseeing the OAG said in a statement.
The OAG said it had taken note of the development, adding Lauber would make statements to parliamentary committees if necessary.
The watchdog said Keller had now opened proceedings against both Infantino and a regional public prosecutor who was involved in the meetings, and was seeking parliamentary approval to have Lauber’s immunity from prosecution waived.