It was revealed that Qatar spyed on a private meeting 메이저사이트 between the Swiss prosecutor general and the FIFA president in 2017 and wiretapped the conversation, NZZ Amzontak, the Sunday edition of the Swiss Neuerzurhe Zeitung (NZZ), said. It was reported on the 12th (local time).
According to reports, Qatar wiretapped and recorded a private meeting between then Swiss prosecutor general Michael Rauber and FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the Schweizerhof Hotel in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, on June 16, 2017.
Qatar called the operation ‘Project Matterhorn’, the newspaper reported. It is known that the wiretapping work was assisted by a former CIA agent.
The Schweizerhof Hotel is a luxury hotel run by Qatari people. At the time, the Qatar Embassy in Switzerland also resided in the building.
At the time, Swiss prosecutors were investigating allegations of corruption in FIFA and international football in general, including allegations of corruption in the process of hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Criticism could be raised that it was inappropriate for the prosecutor general in charge of the large-scale investigation to meet the de facto suspect, Chairman Infantino, privately.
The fact that the two met was previously disclosed as a media exposure in 2018. The Swiss parliament even organized a special prosecutor to look into the two’s meeting, and as a result of the investigation, it was revealed that the two met a total of three times between 2016 and 2017.
Attorney General Rauber, who initially denied the meeting itself, eventually had to take off his clothes over this issue.
Another party, FIFA president Infantino, claimed the meeting was “completely legal”. AFP reported that FIFA, which had looked into the case on its own, had ruled that the president was not guilty of the suspicion of cheating by President Infantino.
The newspaper reported an analysis by officials that it is possible that Qatar was trying to find a ‘weakness’ to pressure Prosecutor General Rauber.
At that time, ahead of the 2022 World Cup, public opinion in the international community continued that Qatar should be deprived of the right to host the World Cup due to human rights issues as well as allegations of corruption in the bid process.
In Qatar, which had secured evidence of the meeting between Prosecutor General Rauber and Chairman Infantino in 2017, there was a possibility that Prosecutor General Rauber was aware of the truth even when he denied the meeting itself.
However, the attorney general of Prosecutor General Rauber said that Qatar neither solicited nor threatened the investigation based on the contents of the wiretapping, nor approached Raover directly.
The Qatari government vehemently denied the allegations.
Qatar said, “Once again, we are trying to spread false information about Qatar and damage our reputation.”