Swiss attorney general gets 4 more years amid FIFA fallout

September 25, 2019 - 2:06 am

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's lawmakers have given embattled attorney general Michael Lauber four more years in office despite criticism of his handling of corruption investigations linked to soccer governing body FIFA.

Lauber was renewed for a third mandate with the support of 129 federal lawmakers among 243 valid votes. A parliamentary judicial panel had recommended rejecting Lauber.

A scheduled vote in June was delayed in fallout from reports of a third and undeclared meeting between Lauber and FIFA president Gianni Infantino in June 2017.

Lauber previously acknowledged two undeclared meetings in 2016 when they were reported in the Football Leaks series last November.

Reports in April of a third meeting where Lauber also took no notes led to the office overseeing Swiss federal prosecutors opening a disciplinary case.

Lauber was recused from 25 FIFA-related criminal proceedings in June by order of Switzerland's federal criminal court.

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