On the 5th day of the trial of Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini, former FIFA Chief Financial Officer Markus Kattner contradicted the testimony of former federal prosecutor Olivier Thormann in his testimony. In the aftermath, Michel Platini filed a complaint against the latter.
The central question for Markus Kattner was whether he had drawn the attention of the Confederate Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPC) to the suspicious payment of 2 million francs to former UEFA President Michel Platini. Markus Kattner told the court that he remembered the payment in question, but did not specifically draw the MPC’s attention to this point.
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The former FIFA chief financial officer added before the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona that he was “convinced of the legitimacy of the payment”. He thus contradicts the former Attorney General of the Confederation and current federal criminal judge Olivier Thormann.
In a statement to the court, Markus Kattner provided the MPC with additional information regarding a $ 2 million payment. On Tuesday, Markus Kattner told the court he had no reason to mention specific payments.
Following the hearing of Markus Kattner as a witness, the lawyer of the former number 10 of the French team Dominic Nellen filed a criminal complaint against Olivier Thormann for breach of professional secrecy. According to the lawyer, Olivier Thormann spoke for more than an hour with journalists last week after his testimony. In addition, Markus Kattner’s testimony shows that Olivier Thormann lied, the lawyer said.
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The Confederate Public Prosecutor’s Office has accused former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, 86, and former UEFA President Platini, 66, of fraud. The Valaisan allegedly approved a payment of two million for alleged French advisory services for FIFA between July 1998 and June 2002. The MPC sees no legal basis for this payment.
The two defendants dropped the charges en masse last week before the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona. The trial is set to continue this week, half a day due to Sepp Blatter’s age and health.
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