Facing Trial Bayern Munich President Charged With Tax Evasion
German prosecutors have filed tax evasion charges against Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, one of the most prominent figures in German football, after he reported himself to authorities earlier this year over a previously undeclared Swiss bank account.
Public prosecutors in Munich announced on Tuesday that Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has been formally charged of tax evasion. A business crimes court now has to decide whether to set a date for the trial, reject the charges or ask for further investigation before making a decision.
Given the scope of the investigation, as well as the fact that a defense request to delay answering the charges for one month has been granted, a decision on starting a trial is not to be expected before the end of September 2013, said court spokeswoman Andrea Titz.
Ken Heidenreich, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutors, declined to comment on details of the indictment, citing tax secrecy laws.
So far, Bayern Munich has not made a statement on the charges against Hoeness.
According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, a trial is likely to result in a mild sentencing. Public prosecutors are believed to be preparing a request for either a two-year suspended sentence or a fine.
Hoeness turned himself in to his tax authority in January, when he admitted he had failed to declare deposits in a securities account at Bank Vontobel in Zurich.
Last week, Hoeness made his first comments on the case in weeks and sounded optimistic. "I am confident that a satisfactory solution will be found," he said.
In May, Bayern's supervisory board backed Hoeness to remain in the job despite the investigation against him. The club said then that he had apologized and offered to temporarily give up his functions pending the outcome of his case, but that the board unanimously asked him to stay.
jlp -- with wires