The trial in a television rights case against former FIFA number 2 Jérôme Valcke and beIN Media and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi resumed in Switzerland on Tuesday after the defenses’ appeals were rejected.
The Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona has resumed the hearing of Valcke, who can be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison, as well as of Al-Khelaifi, addressing the merits of the case, after a first day marked by breaches of the procedure .
The three Swiss magistrates rejected the arguments of the defense, who considered that the case was “Contaminated” by suspicion of collusion between the Swiss prosecution and FIFA.
The defense spoke of the case opened after the revelation of informal meetings between former Swiss prosecutor Michael Lauber and current FIFA president Gianni Infantino, both of which are under investigation for ” obstruction of criminal proceedings ”. But nothing can establish “that the evidence in this case will be vitiated” by the other, established the court.
After this first decision, the judges listened to the former secretary general of FIFA, right-hand man of former president Joseph Blatter until 2015.
Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke complained to a Swiss court on Tuesday about fighting “Without income” since he had lost his job as Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man and sold his yacht and jewelry.
“Without work, with a family, I assure you that the money burns very quickly”, he told the court.
“I have started an agriculture project in a country and I hope that the harvests will provide income in the coming months.“, He explained, refusing to say more after “Two-three other attempts” reconversion “Polluted” by interventions from Fifa.
Last December, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi had already been heard by Swiss justice for charges relating to bribes but also “undue advantages” offered to Valcke, such as the free use of a luxury villa in Sardinia. .
According to the prosecution, the case begins on October 24, 2013 at the French headquarters of BeIN, with the promise that the Qatari leader will buy a villa in Sardinia for five million euros, grant the exclusive use to Jérôme Valcke and then to him. will cede the property two years later “if confidence remains”.
In return, supports the prosecution, Jérôme Valcke is committed to “do what was in his power” so that BeIN becomes the regional broadcaster of the 2026 and 2030 Worlds. NAK denies having acquired the “Villa Bianca” and assures that it There was “never any question of offering it to Jérôme Valcke”, according to his lawyers.