FIFA ex-VP Figueredo extradited to Uruguay

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Fallen FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo arrived in his native Uruguay Thursday after being extradited from Switzerland to answer charges tied to the massive corruption scandal roiling international football.

FIFA ex-VP Figueredo extradited to Uruguay

Football: FIFA ex-VP Figueredo extradited to UruguayMontevideo (Uruguay) – 24 December 2015 12:24 Fallen FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo arrived in his native Uruguay Thursday after being extradited from Switzerland to answer charges tied to the massive corruption scandal roiling international football.Figueredo, the former president of South American confederation CONMEBOL, will be taken directly to an initial court appearance on charges of fraud and money laundering, prosecutor Juan Gomez told AFP.He faces two to 15 years in prison if convicted.The 83-year-old ex-football boss was one of seven top FIFA officials arrested at a Zurich luxury hotel in May, a raid that kicked off an unprecedented crisis at world football’s governing body.The United States, which led the investigation, is also seeking to extradite Figueredo on charges of soliciting multi-million-dollar bribes from sports marketing firms.Figueredo had agreed to be sent to Uruguay but is fighting extradition to the United States.The Swiss justice ministry (FOJ) had approved his extradition to both countries, and said in November it would be up to the United States to decide whether to let Uruguay have priority.”If the US authorities do not agree, the issue will be decided by the FOJ,” it said at the time.Figueredo’s lawyer has said she will ask for him to be placed on house arrest pending trial because of poor health, but prosecutors said he would be held in jail.Figueredo was head of the Uruguayan Football Association from 1997 to 2006 and became CONMEBOL president in 2013.CONMEBOL’s last three presidents have all been arrested in the scandal, plunging the South American confederation into crisis.At FIFA, the spiraling scandal took a dramatic new turn last week when the organization banned disgraced president Sepp Blatter from football for eight years over ethics violations.mr-jhb

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