An investigation against the president of Fifa Gianni Infantino has been opened in the framework of the sprawling case of corruption known as Fifagate, announced Thursday the Swiss justice in a press release.
The extraordinary federal prosecutor “opens criminal proceedings against the President of Fifa Gianni Infantino and the first prosecutor of Haut-Valais Rinaldo Arnold “, in particular for” abuse of authority “,” violation of official secrecy “and” obstruction of criminal proceedings “.  This announcement comes a week after the resignation of Swiss prosecutor Michael Lauber, blamed for his management of Fifagate, and suspected of collusion with Mr. Infantino.
Michael Lauber, then in charge of the investigation into the Fifagate, and Gianni Infantino have indeed met informally on several occasions in 2016 and 2017, raising questions about possible collusion.
Federal prosecutor extraordinary Stefan Keller, appointed late uin to examine the criminal complaints lodged against MM. Lauber and Infantino, requested a waiver of Mr Lauber's immunity so that he could also bring proceedings against him.
He concluded that “there are elements of reprehensible behavior” following one of the meetings between Michael Lauber, the president of FIFA, and the first prosecutor of Haut-Valais Rinaldo Arnold.
The Fifagate began with the Zurich police raid on Fifa officials at the Hotel Baur au Lac in 2015. On that date, the organization was chaired by Sepp Blatter.
Some 45 natural and legal persons have been indicted to date by the American courts in the “Fifagate”, having uncovered a vast system of corruption, which mainly undermined the federations of the American continent.
In Switzerland, more than twenty procedures concerning Fifa have been open for five years.
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