By RYAN TOLMICH
Swiss officials’ investigation into FIFA has yielded a staggering amount of potential wrong-doing.
Investigators are looking into 53 potential cases of money laundering and 104 incidents of suspicious activity in Swiss bank accounts in relation to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, according to The Guardian.
Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber, whose investigation is running alongside the FBI’s into FIFA, says that investigators are currently examining “nine terabytes” of data seized.
“I am well aware of the enormous public interest in our investigation. Equally enormous is the public interest in an independent criminal procedure,” Lauber said. “Our investigation is of great complexity and quite substantial. To give you an example: The SAG [Swiss attorney general’s office] has seized around nine terabytes of data.
“So far, our investigative team has obtained evidence concerning 104 banking relations; be aware that every banking relation represents several bank accounts.”
Lauber went on to state that officials are set to interview “all relevant people,” which could include FIFA president Sepp Blatter and general secretary Jérôme Valcke. The investigation, which Lauber called “huge and complex,” could take months if not years to conclude.
“We are faced with a complex investigation with many international implications. The prosecution is ongoing and will take time,” Lauber said. “It would not be professional to communicate at this moment a detailed timetable. The world of football needs to be patient. By its nature, this investigation will take more than the legendary 90 minutes.”
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