ZURICH (Reuters) - A court ordered Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber to recuse himself from the federal prosecutors' investigation into corruption in world football, ruling that his closed-door meetings with the head of FIFA raised the appearance of bias. The verdict of the Federal Criminal Court is another setback for Lauber, who also faces a disciplinary probe into his conduct in the high-profile case just as he seeks re-election by parliament. Lauber last month defended himself and said "conspiracy theories" over his meetings with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and presumptions of dishonesty were interfering with prosecutorial integrity. Lauber has been investigating several cases of suspected corruption involving FIFA, based in Zurich, dating back to 2014 and the presidency of Sepp Blatter. Lauber had acknowledged two meetings with current FIFA president Infantino in 2016, saying they were intended to help coordinate the investigation.
Source: The Star June 18, 2019 15:45 UTC