Summer fairy tale affair: Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office charges against Schmidt, Zwanziger and Niersbach
The Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office has brought charges against the former officials of the German Football Association Horst Schmidt, Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach. Even the former Swiss FIFA star Urs Linsi must answer in court. This was announced by the Federal Prosecutor's Office.
Schmidt, Zwanziger and Linsi is therefore accused of "fraud in complicity", Niersbach "assistant to fraud". A procedure on suspicion of money laundering, however, was discontinued. The proceedings against the also accused Franz Beckenbauer was separated and will continue "separately," said the Federal Prosecutor. This could delay the entire process - and be stopped because of prescription.
"A joint assessment would unnecessarily delay the proceedings against the other accused, because the health of Franz Beckenbauer according to the current forecast, a participation or interrogation at the trial before the Federal Criminal Court does not allow," said in the statement. SPIEGEL had already reported on this decision at the end of July.
The Federal Prosecutor's Office accuses the four defendants, who in the past have rejected all allegations, of having cheated the DFB on the repayment of a € 6.7 million loan in 2005. The money went back via the Fifa to the French billionaire Robert Louis-Dreyfus, but was disguised as a grant from the DFB for a kick-off gala Fifa for the 2006 World Cup.
Exactly this sum had flowed three years before from Beckenbauer and Louis Dreyfus to the former Fifa functionary Mohamed bin Hammam to Qatar. However, the purpose of this payment could not be determined, writes the Federal Prosecutor. Also, "because a corresponding request for mutual assistance addressed to the Qatari authorities from September 2016 remained unanswered until now".