Infantino case prosecutor quits, criticises court for removing him


Infantino case prosecutor quits, criticises court for removing him
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Globe Soccer Awards - Armani hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - December 27, 2020 FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the Globe Soccer Awards REUTERS/Christopher Pike

In Summary

  • The Federal Criminal Court found this month that Stefan Keller had to go because his public comments about the case reflected bias against Infantino, whose legal team had waged a running battle with the prosecutor
  • Keller opened criminal proceedings in July over meetings Infantino and former top prosecutor Michael Lauber held while Lauber's office investigated alleged corruption in world soccer

The Swiss special prosecutor whom a court recused for bias from an investigation of FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s undocumented dealings with Switzerland’s former attorney general blasted the decision while handing in his resignation.

The Federal Criminal Court found this month that Stefan Keller had to go because his public comments about the case reflected bias against Infantino, whose legal team had waged a running battle with the prosecutor.

Keller opened criminal proceedings in July over meetings Infantino and former top prosecutor Michael Lauber held while Lauber’s office investigated alleged corruption in world soccer.

“Keller considers himself unable to continue his investigation due to the personal composition of the Federal Criminal Court,” he wrote on his website late on Tuesday.

He said the court’s ruling was not conclusively reasoned and did not take case law properly into account. “It is assumed that the verdict is result-oriented and not reached with the necessary independence,” he added.

Infantino’s legal team has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by FIFA’s president, elected in 2016 to clean up the organization after it became embroiled in a corruption scandal. It had questioned Keller’s handling of the case and his impartiality.

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