The U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch has been speaking in Zurich alongside her Swiss counterpart as the investigation into corruption at FIFA continues to expand.
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Lynch told reporters in a televised news conference that she “anticipates being able to bring additional charges against individuals and entities” as the wide-ranging investigation spans several continents and continues to widen.
Following the shocking indictment of 14 individuals, plus the unsealing of six guilty pleas, in late May, both the U.S. and Swiss authorities have been carrying out their own investigations into alleged corruption at FIFA, with plenty of co-operation between the two nations along the way.
Speaking about the current investigation and what it entails, here is what Lynch told reporters.
“The investigation is very far ranging. We continue look at the business arrangement in the first indictment,” Lynch said. “The scope of our investigation is not limited, and we are following the evidence where it leads. I am grateful for the significant co-operation and substantial evidence that we have received from all quarters.”
Lynch was asked by reporters if out-going FIFA president Sepp Blatter would be involved in the U.S. investigation going forward, as he 17-year head of world soccer has so far not been indicted by the U.S. and will step down as the leader of FIFA next February following the presidential election to pick his successor. The U.S. attorney general would not comment on Blatter.
The racketeering charges involve more than $150 million changing hands between FIFA officials and business executives, with several individuals still being held overseas as the U.S. has asked for them to be extradited to face charges in a U.S. court of law.
As for the Swiss investigation, the attorney general Michael Lauber revealed that 11 terabytes of information have so far been collected from computers and, rather poetically, said that the investigation “is not even at half time” as the Swiss have also seized properties in the Swiss Alps, houses have been searched in western Switzerland and evidence seized, plus Lauber said that 121 bank accounts have been reported as suspicious by a Swiss financial intelligence unit.
The plot thickens…