Search of the Paris offices of the French Football Federation (FFF)
Bern, 09.03.2016 - The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland required the mutual legal assistance of the French judicial authorities in connection with the criminal proceedings against Mr Joseph Blatter.
Pursuant to that request for mutual legal assistance of January 14, 2016 and in close coordination with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, the French Financial Prosecution Office proceeded yesterday to a search of the offices of the French Football Federation (FFF) in Paris with the latter’s consent. The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) was present during the search.
Documents were seized in connection with the suspected payment of CHF 2 million that is inter alia the subject of the proceedings.
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland thanks the French judicial authorities for their valuable support in this matter.
Swiss criminal proceedings against FIFA’s former President Mr Joseph Blatter have been opened on 24 September 2015 on suspicion of criminal mismanagement (Article 158 Swiss Criminal Code / SCC) and – alternatively – misappropriation (Article 138 Swiss Criminal Code / SCC).
Mr Michel Platini’s status in the proceedings has remained unchanged since the OAG’s press release of September 25, 2015.
As for all defendants, the presumption of innocence applies for Mr. Joseph Blatter.
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