Justice authorities in the southeastern Swiss canton of Graubünden have recommended that the immunity from prosecution of the embattled justice director, Peter Aliesch, should be lifted.
The decision by the canton's justice commission on Thursday comes ahead of a full meeting of the Graubünden parliament on September 7, at which Aliesch's immunity will be debated.
Aliesch has faced allegations of corruption as a result of accepting gifts from the Greek businessman, Panagiotis Papadakis. He has denied any wrongdoing but publicly apologized for his behaviour on Tuesday.
He has asked for his immunity from prosecution to be lifted to allow him to prove his innocence.
It has been alleged that Aliesch facilitated residence and work permits for Papadakis in Graubünden. However, no charges have been laid against him.
swissinfo with agencies