Swiss extradite detained FIFA official to the United States
One of the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe has been extradited to the United States, the Swiss Justice Ministry said Thursday.
The Federal Office of Justice said the man, whom it did not identify, was extradited on Wednesday after 50 days of detention in Switzerland.
“He was handed over to a three-man U.S. police escort in Zurich who accompanied him on the flight to New York,’’ the ministry said in a statement.
The official agreed last week to be extradited, unlike six others who are fighting extradition.
The extradition hearings are being held by Zurich cantonal (state) police in a process expected to finish by early September, Swiss justice office spokesman Raphael Frei told the Associated Press on Thursday. Appeals to Switzerland’s federal criminal court and supreme court can extend the cases by several months.
The extradited man is accused of “accepting bribes totalling millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights to various sports marketing firms and keeping the money for himself,’’ the justice office said last week.
All seven men were arrested on May 27 in dawn raids on a luxury hotel in Zurich by Swiss federal police at the request of American federal agencies.
They include FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands and former FIFA vice- president Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay. Both have been suspended from football duty by FIFA’s ethics committee.