ZURICH: These are the two men – Michael Garcia and Hans-Joachim Eckert – who have been chosen by FIFA’s executive committee to head the two chambers of the new Ethics Committee systems and to  whom the world football federation is looking to try to improve its credibility:

Michael J Garcia (USA)

• Partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP

• Formerly serving as the Senate-confirmed United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, leading more than 250 lawyers in what is widely regarded as the premier U.S. Attorney’s office in the country. Direction of a broad range of prosecutions, including investigations into white collar fraud, international terrorism and national security matters

• Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Department of Homeland Security. As head of ICE, he oversaw an agency of 20,000 employees responsible for enforcing a broad range of criminal laws, including the Arms Export Control Act, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and various money laundering statutes

• Former Vice President of the Americas for Interpol, the international police organization. While Vice President, he served on Interpol’s Executive Committee, the body charged with overseeing the budget and strategic direction of the organization

Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert (Germany)

• 30 years in justice

• 2003-present: Presiding Judge of the Penal Court Munich I, Germany (corruption, tax fraud, economic crime)

• 1999-2003: Senior Prosecutor, Prosecution Office Munich I, Germany, leader of a department of general crime and of economic crime, responsible for data protection and World War II crime, economic crime and organised crime

• 1998-1999: Senior Prosecutor, General Prosecutor’s Office Munich, Germany, responsible for supervision in different prosecution offices, money laundering, organised crime and international relationships

• 1991-1998: Prosecutor, Prosecution Office Munich II, Germany, leader of a group, responsible for tax crime, economic crime and organised crime

• 1985-1991: Judge, LG Munich I, Civil Court

• 1978-1985: first Judge at the LG Munich I Penal Court and subsequently Prosecutor at the Prosecution Office Munich II


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