Procedure against Franz Beckenbauer in the World Cup scandal separated | TIME ONLINE


The Federal Prosecutor's Office of Switzerland wants the criminal case against Franz Beckenbauer in connection with the awarding of the 2006 World Cup from the proceedings against further accused separated. The authority has informed the parties involved their intention to continue the proceedings against Beckenbauer separately, she told the dpa on Friday. She confirmed in part a report of the New Zurich newspaper, who claims that Beckenbauer is no longer heard.

One reason for their intention called the Attorney General Not. Beckenbauer had recently withdrawn from the public almost completely. He recently talked about his eye infarction. “I see little to nothing in the right eye,” he said image-Newspaper.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office had in November 2015 a criminal case against the former World Cup chief executive Beckenbauer, the former DFB president Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach as well as former DFB General Secretary Horst R. Schmidt. This is conducted on suspicion of fraud, unfair business dealings, money laundering and embezzlement.

The starting point of the investigations is a payment of the DFB of 6.7 million euros. It was declared to co-finance an opening gala, which never took place. The money flowed to the former Adidas boss Robert Louis Dreyfus before the World Cup, which is said to have lent Beckenbauer, who in turn is said to have paid the then Fifa Vice President Mohamed bin Hammam. Beckenbauer has always been silent on the background of these dubious cash flows. And at World Cup times he always emphasized volunteering to work for the World Cup. That proved later untrue.

Meanwhile, it became known that Theo Zwanziger wants to defend against a possible separation of the proceedings against the main responsibility of the World Cup scandal from his point of view. “Of course, we at the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office will contradict this separation request massively,” he told the dpa. “It is not possible for an accused to be left out of responsibility here.”



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