WRAPUP 4-Top two FIFA officials hire lawyers as Swiss probe bank transactions

jueves 18 de junio de 2015 07:00 GYT

* Blatter, Valcke hire high-powered lawyers - sources

* Bank Julius Baer launches internal investigation

* FIFA ethics committee continues own internal probe

* Former head of CBF denies bribe

By Karolin Schaps and David Ingram

BERNE/NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - FIFA's embattled president, Sepp Blatter, and his second-in-command have hired high-powered lawyers to represent them as Swiss authorities identified suspicious bank transactions in a corruption probe engulfing soccer's global governing body.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, FIFA confirmed in an email to Reuters on Thursday.

Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general, has hired prominent New York defense attorney Barry Berke to represent him, FIFA said, adding it had no further comment to make.

Swiss prosecutors looking into the international soccer scandal identified 53 suspicious bank transactions, the country's attorney general said on Wednesday, stressing that the investigation may take time.   Continuación...