Swiss federal investigator cleared of FIFA corruption but he will not be returning to work

Swiss justice

November 19 – A Swiss federal prosecutor cleared of wrongdoing after being suspended amid questions about his conduct during investigations into suspected corruption surrounding FIFA will not be getting his job back.

Last week it was reported that Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber had suspended his chief investigator for economic crimes, Olivier Thormann, whose overall role included criminal proceedings related to football and FIFA investigations.

Unconfirmed Swiss media reports said Thormann had been investigated following an apparent tip-off about alleged criminal misconduct made to Lauber in September. The probe conducted by former Zurich public prosecutor Ulrich Weder apparently found that the claims were unfounded and that Thormann did not breach any rules.

Weder has confirmed that his probe into Thormann’s conduct  had indeed been  “completely closed”.

Yet he will be leaving his job as head of the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) so-called “white-collar crimes unit”, the OAG said, stressing however  that his original suspension was not linked to two meetings between the OAG and FIFA that became public following publication of the recent “Football Leaks” revelations earlier this month.

“Attorney General Michael Lauber and Olivier Thormann have agreed that the latter’s employment contract will be terminated. This step has been taken following joint discussions and a thorough assessment of the situation,” a statement said.

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