Swiss court blocks Lauber’s challenge to Fifa probe recusal

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Switzerland’s highest court has upheld a ruling that prevents Attorney General Michael Lauber from leading an investigation into bribery and corruption at world football body Fifa.

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court announced on 9 April that in March it rejected Lauber’s attempt to have his case reheard because of comments the judge on the case allegedly made outside of the courtroom.

Lauber took the matter to the country’s highest court after failing to force the Federal Criminal Court to reconsider its judgment from 2019. He argued in his application that the original decision should be reversed because the presiding judge had been overheard criticising his leadership of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).