The legal dispute of the 2006 World Cup is heading for their final.
The second criminal court of the district court of Frankfurt is currently examining the opening of a procedure on suspicion of serious tax evasion.
It is about 13.7 million euros.
By Johannes Aumüller and Thomas Kistner, Frankfurt
In the fall of 2015, in the days of the great quake, the German Football Association (DFB) got an interesting visit: from a company that specializes in the recycling of old electrical appliances. On 15 October 2015, the Spiegel sparked the summer fairy tale affair, which deals with dubious payments around the 2006 World Cup. From the following day, October 16, the completion certificate of a recycling company to the DFB. Your task: removal of exactly 199.0 kilograms of computer-controlled scrap. After SZ information this process was already known to the law firm Freshfields, which was to work up the affair for the DFB – they interviewed the IT officers of the association. Answer: The discarded technology was just fax machines and printers.
A few weeks after the recycling company came the prosecutor, she took many other things. Thus began the legal dispute with the World Cup scandal, which is now heading for its final. The second criminal court of the district court of Frankfurt is currently examining the opening of a procedure on suspicion of serious tax evasion.
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The focus of the mysterious transactions of ten million Swiss francs (2002) and 6.7 million euros (2005) was indeed Franz Beckenbauer – but is still only a witness in the Frankfurt proceedings. This is directed against the former DFB officials Wolfgang Niersbach, Horst R. Schmidt and Theo Zwanziger as responsible for the former tax declaration; also against Urs Linsi, former Secretary General of the World Federation Fifa, on suspicion of aiding and abetting. At the end of May, the prosecution filed its 144-page indictment, then the lawyers of the accused made their statements. Now the district court is considering the matter.
It is noteworthy according to SZ information how the prosecutor's office rated the motive of the accused for their participation in the million-carousel. For some time, it has become clear that according to the agency's assessment based on bank records and statements, former Louis Adolf Robert Louis-Dreyfus granted Beckenbauer a private loan of ten million francs in 2002 – personally, but not to the World Cup Organizing Committee (OC) or the DFB , In the indictment it is now according to SZ information, Schmidt, Niersbach and Zwanziger had decided in the fall of 2004 to pay the personal loan at the expense of the OK to Beckenbauer for his formally volunteer services at the top OK. A thank you for the Franz so.
Have taxes amounting to 13.7 million been evaded?
Because they were aware that a direct repayment of the loan was not possible, they had considered a Tarnweg how the action could be disguised as operating expenses. Finally, in April 2005, under the pretext that they were contributing to a World Cup gala, they paid 6.7 million euros (ten million Swiss francs plus interest) to Fifa, from where they went on to Louis-Dreyfus on the same day.
Later, the 6.7 million were wrongly claimed as an operating expense in the 2006 tax return and thus taxes total of 13.7 million euros have been evaded. Of high criminal energy at Schmidt should be in the indictment of criminal energy at Niersbach, because he deleted data that were relevant to the process. Zwanziger should have been in charge of the idea to solve the repayment on the Fifa.