Swiss ex­tra­dite de­tained FIFA of­fi­cial to the United States

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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