The attorney general’s office (OAG) said the suspension was linked to “investigations into football and FIFA”, but stressed it had no connection to recent so-called Football Leaks revelations of meetings between high-level OAG and FIFA executives.
In a statement, the OAG said it had received “information about complaints” against the head of the federal prosecution’s economic crimes division, named by Swiss media as Olivier Thormann, leading to his suspension.
Thormann was suspended “temporarily from all of his duties until further notice”, the OAG said, without specifying which specific investigations the prosecutor had been working on.
There are many possibilities.
Since a raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich in May 2015 led to the arrests of a number of FIFA executives and revealed the corrupt, ugly underbelly of world football, Switzerland has pursued a number of cases.
Charges have been pressed against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former UEFA chief Michel Platini, as well as against FIFA’s former Secretary General Jerome Valcke.
Swiss investigators have