Swiss parliament re-elects attorney general Lauber amid FIFA scandal
September 25, 2019 01:58 PM NPT
Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber (C) sits in the tribune before the opening of the session for the re-election vote in the Swiss Federal Assembly in Bern, Switzerland, September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse ZURICH
ZURICH, Sept 25: The Swiss parliament on Wednesday approved Attorney General Michael Lauber for a third term, opting for continuity despite disciplinary proceedings against him triggered by his handling of a soccer corruption probe.
The narrow vote keeping Lauber attorney general through 2023 contradicted a parliamentary committee’s recommendation against his re-election this month, saying a scandal surrounding undocumented meetings he held with FIFA President Gianni Infantino had damaged the reputation of Switzerland’s highest prosecutorial office and put federal attorneys’ ability to act at risk.