Swiss pros­e­cu­tor sus­pended while lead­ing FIFA in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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GENEVA >> Switzer­land’s chief eco­nomic crimes pros­e­cu­tor was sus­pended last week while lead­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into cor­rup­tion linked to FIFA, the fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said Fri­day.

It was un­clear how Olivier Thor­mann’s sus­pen­sion will af­fect the in­tegrity of on­go­ing crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings.

Soc­cer of­fi­cials un­der crim­i­nal sus­pi­cion in­clude for­mer FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter, Ger­man soc­cer great Franz Beck­en­bauer and Nasser Al-Khe­laifi, the chair­man of Paris Saint-Ger­main and Qatar-owned BeIN Me­dia Group. They deny wrong­do­ing and have not been charged.

“This de­ci­sion is based on a risk assess­ment which fo­cuses, in par­tic­u­lar, on pro­tect­ing (the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice) as an in­sti­tu­tion and pro­tect­ing the crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings it leads,” the fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said in a state­ment.

Thor­mann was the sub­ject of com­plaints filed in late Septem­ber and was sus­pended by his em­ploy­ers “in or­der to clar­ify the sit­u­a­tion.”

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