ZURICH – A Swiss parliamentary panel has recommended against re-electing Attorney General Michael Lauber following undocumented meetings he held with world soccer body FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Swiss public TV SRF reported on Wednesday.
The Judicial Committee decided against Lauber by a margin of 9-6 and will give its recommendation to parliament members who vote on Sept. 25 whether to give him another term as the nation's most senior prosecutor.
Lauber held at least three confidential meetings in 2016 and 2017 with Infantino amid his office's investigation of several cases of suspected corruption surrounding Zurich-based FIFA, though the prosecutor has defended his office's handling of the case and called a disciplinary probe an attack on his office's independence.
"The Federal Prosecutor's Office has taken note of the decision of the court commission," his office said in a statement following the vote. "Michael Lauber maintains his candidacy for the 2020-2023 term."
In June, another Swiss court stripped Lauber of his authority in the case when it ordered him to recuse himself from the federal prosecutors' investigation into corruption in world soccer, ruling that his closed-door meetings with Infantino raised the appearance of bias.