The Swiss Federal Public Prosecutor's Office announced the appointment of an exceptional public prosecutor, on Friday, to consider criminal complaints against Attorney General Michael Lauber and FIFA President Jani Infantino on suspicion of complicity.
And the Swiss Public Prosecution Supervisory Authority announced in a statement that the head of the Supreme Court and the head of the administrative court of Canton Obwald, Stephen Keeler, would be responsible for "examining the criminal complaints referred by the Federal Prosecutor's Office" against Michael Lauber and Jane Infantino "and others".
And a Swiss parliamentary committee decided last May to open procedures as part of an investigation into a number of alleged secret meetings between Lauber and Infantino.
Lauber is suspected of "seriously violating the duties of the position either intentionally or due to gross negligence", and of "numerous duties of the position" by meeting with Infantino on three occasions in 2016 and 2017.
Three criminal complaints were referred to the Federal Prosecutor's Office on June 11 against Lauber, Infantino and others. The office explained that it had received "another criminal complaint regarding the same facts."
The statement stressed that if it was concluded that "there are indications that Uber is guilty of acts punishable by law," he will then submit a request for criminal action to the relevant committees in the National and State Councils.
A 54-year-old was charged with a 8% deduction from his salary, which he appealed to a federal court.
In a statement, FIFA welcomed the decision to appoint Stephen Keeler, stressing that it would continue its full and transparent cooperation with the Swiss authorities "It is in the interest of FIFA to deal with anonymous complaints as quickly as possible."
Infantino did not deny holding these meetings, describing them last week as "totally legal" and "completely legal." "It is not a violation of anything. On the contrary, it is also part of the fiduciary duties of the FIFA President."
The International Federation clarified that the aim of the meetings was to demonstrate that FIFA, which has the complainant's status in certain proceedings, was "ready to cooperate with Swiss justice."
However, the legal uncertainty surrounding the meetings raises the issue of possible collusion between FIFA and the Swiss justice system.