Top FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges
Art And Culture

Top FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges

Several top FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland over allegations they were involved in paying bribes adding up to more than $100m.
Swiss authorities detained six officials in an early-morning operation in Zurich on suspicion of receiving and paying bribes, AP reported.
The arrests were carried out in order to extradite the officials to the United States, the Swiss government said.
US officials suspect the crimes were agreed to and prepared in the US, and payments carried out via US banks, said the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ).
The FOJ said the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating the individuals on suspicion of accepting bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and now.
Switzerland’s justice ministry said in a statement: “The bribery suspects - representatives of sports media and sports promotion firms - are alleged to have been involved in schemes to make payments to the soccer functionaries (FIFA delegates) and other functionaries of FIFA sub-organizations - totaling more than $100 million.”

  Tournaments Probed
The statement said the investigation was into allegations involving tournaments in Latin America and the US.
One of those detained in Zurich was FIFA Vice-President and north and central American and Caribbean football association head Jeffrey Webb.
Others held include Costa Rica soccer federation president Eduardo Li, who was elected to FIFA’s executive committee in March.
The officials were in Switzerland ahead of an election which was expected to see FIFA President Sepp Blatter reinstated for a fifth term. FIFA told AP that Blatter was not among the men arrested.
A total of 14 people were expected to be arrested in total as part of the investigation. This includes a mixture of FIFA officials and non-FIFA sports marketing executives.
Zurich police said the detainees will be questioned and then will be asked whether they are prepared to be extradited. Any who refuse will force the US to submit a formal extradition request within 40 days.


Short URL : http://goo.gl/J0u7C7

You can also read ...

Maryam Pirband’s ‘Silence’ at Oregon Deaf Film Festival
A short action drama of American-based Iranian filmmaker...
Dragon Comedy at Molavi Theater
A satirical play about post-WW II Soviet Union written by...
Mausoleum of Poets in Tabriz
Traditional singer, santur and setar player Hesamoddin Seraj...
Panoramic View of Mountains
A photo exhibition by visual artist and photographer Amir...
A Social History of Dying
Qoqnoos Publishing Group in Tehran has released “A Social...
Specialists will explain the best restoration methods with regard to the structures and present conditions of monuments.
International specialists will conduct a workshop on “...
Exhibition of War Posters
Iranian Artists Forum opened on Sunday an exhibition of...
Winchester Mystery House
Selected cinemas are having limited screening of the 2018...