US and Swiss agencies set to reveal more on FIFA probes
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Swiss authorities have confirmed that they will be holding a joint press conference in Zürich later this month with the US Department of Justice to speak about their respective investigations into the FIFA corruption scandal. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her Swiss counterpart Michael Lauber will talk to the press on September 14 about both criminal football probes.
The Swiss AG’s office said Tuesday that Lynch would be in Zürich for the prosecutor’s conference, presenting a chance for the law enforcement bosses to update the public on the enquiries that have rocked the football world. During the news conference, federal prosecutors will discuss “the status of the two criminal proceedings”, Swiss officials said in a statement reported on SwissInfo.
While FIFA has long faced allegations of widespread corruption, it was not until May of this year that the potential scale of bribery within the world’s largest NGO was revealed when fourteen FIFA officials and sports marketing executives were indicted in the US on racketeering charges involving more than $150 million.
One of the FIFA officials was Cayman Islander Jeffrey Webb, who has been accused of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks in his role as the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) president in relation to regional tournament broadcasting and marketing rights.
He is currently under house arrest in New York and is next expected in court in October.
Six of his former colleagues are still on remand in Switzerland fighting extradition to the US. Meanwhile, the Swiss investigation is focusing on the controversial last two World Cup awards, to Russia for the 2018 tournament and Qatar for 2022.
Source: Cayman News Service