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Swiss attorney general's reelection postponed amid soccer probe - local media

Reuters | Updated: 16-05-2019 00:51 IST | Created: 16-05-2019 00:51 IST
Swiss attorney general's reelection postponed amid soccer probe - local media
The re-election of Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber has been put on hold amid a probe into his conduct in a soccer corruption investigation, Swiss media reported on Wednesday. The authority overseeing Swiss federal prosecutors on Friday ordered a disciplinary investigation into Lauber over private meetings with the head of global soccer body FIFA. Lauber in turn called the probe and the supervisory authority's actions an infringement on the federal prosecutors' office's independence.

A parliamentary vote over Lauber's re-election was due to be held in June. But a parliamentary judicial committee, which heard Lauber earlier this week, decided on Wednesday to postpone its decision on whether to support his re-election, Swiss media reported.

"The Judicial Committee does not want to make any hasty decisions," its head, Jean-Paul Gschwind, told Swiss national press agency SDA. Neither the Judicial Committee nor the attorney general's office responded to email and phone requests for comment on Wednesday evening local time.

"The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has noted the decision of the Judicial Committee in relation to the election of the Attorney General and his deputies for the 2020-2023 term of office," the OAG said in a statement. A separate parliamentary committee is looking into differences between the attorney general's office and the supervisory authority overseeing it, it said.

"The OAG will continue to cooperate with the (Supervisory Authority for the Office of the Attorney General) within the legal framework of its supervisory activities," it said, adding the office would continue carrying out its criminal proceedings. (Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Toby Chopra)


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