The judgment of the Court of Appeal of the Federal Criminal Court (TPF) of Bellinzona fell this Friday morning. And, as in the first instance in the fall of 2020, an acquittal was pronounced in favor of Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the president of PSG and beIN Media Group, in the context of this case linked to “FIFAgate” and the granting of TV rights.
The debates took place at the beginning of March and the Public Ministry of the Confederation (MPC, federal prosecutor’s office) had requested 28 months in prison against the Qatari, prosecuted for “instigation to aggravated unfair management”. “Our client is acquitted for the second time in this case. This is another very important victory against the MPC, obtained this time before the highest instance of the TPF”, rejoiced Me Grégoire Mangeat, Swiss lawyer for Al-Khelaïfi since 2017.
For his part, the Frenchman Jérôme Valcke, co-defendant in this case and former secretary general of FIFA, was sentenced to an eleven-month suspended prison sentence and a fine. The prosecution had requested 35 months in prison against him. Contacted, his lawyers, My Patrick Hunziker and Elisa Bianchetti announce that ” the Federal Court (of Lausanne, supreme judicial authority in Switzerland, which rules in the last instance) will obviously be seized. The guilty verdict is therefore in no way final..
Finally, the Greek Konstantinos Nteris, the third defendant in this multi-faceted case, was given a ten-month suspended prison sentence.