Fifa corruption scandal ‘extremely complex’

A Swiss senior investigator says the Fifa investigation could take months or even years to conclude.

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JOHANNESBURG - Switzerland's attorney general, who is acting as the senior investigator in the Fifa corruption scandal, has described the case as extremely complex.

Michael Lauber has confirmed that nine terabytes of data have been seized as well as suspicious bank activity reports.

Lauber has admitted the investigation could take months or even years to conclude.

He explained there was a great deal of financial data that needed to be examined.

Several former and current Fifa executives are being investigated in connection with bribery claims linked to World Cup bids.

Lauber has not yet ruled out interviewing outgoing Fifa President Sepp Blatter or his second in command Jerome Valcke after the massive seizure of data.

He says for the time being no one is being targeted.

"It can happen in getting papers and documents aside, it can happen in just talking together before the attorney's office had the possibility to interview people. So there are a lot of possibilities in terms of paper. I think we were able to get quite a lot."

He's also emphasised that every 'banking relation' represents several bank accounts and they're looking at every angle.

The football body has been embroiled in one of the worst corruption scandals in history over the awarding of World Cup hosting rights, including allegations that South Africa paid $10 million to secure the 2010 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Swiss bank Julius Baer has confirmed it has opened an internal investigation in connection with Fifa amid the corruption scandal.

Switzerland's third largest listed bank was one of a number of banks mentioned in the US Department of Justice's May charge sheet against high-ranking individuals in Fifa.

Swiss and US authorities are probing alleged bribes in the awarding of world cup hosting rights.