Carlo Sommaruga, a Geneva-based lawmaker and member of the Swiss Socialist Party, scheduled a proposal to make the bribery of individuals a criminal offense, he said today in a telephone interview from Geneva. . .It is unclear what the prospects for passage of the proposal are in the Swiss legislature. The proposed action even if passed into law would be a small step -- if the Swiss government wanted to do something about FIFA, it has many tools at its disposal, waiting to be used.
“I took FIFA as an example for my initiative to change the corruption laws after the corruption allegations centered around awarding the World Cup to Russia and Qatar,” Sommaruga said. . .
In a Dec. 12 session 14 of 25 members of the Swiss legislative commission that votes on law questions supported the Sommaruga’s initiative. To move the proposal forward, the same commission in the upper house of parliament will have to vote on whether the action is needed. . .
Currently there are no legal provisions for public prosecutors to investigate bribery at sports bodies like FIFA, which in Switzerland have the status of tax-privileged associations.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
FIFA Inspires Effort to Change Swiss Law
FIFA's various shenanigans have led lawmakers to initiate steps to tighten up some of that favorable treatment: