FIFA Scandal - Warner Extradition Documents Approved
September 22, 2015
Jack Warner has to report to the Arouca Police Station every week as part of his bail agreement in Arouca, Trinidad And Tobago (Getty)
(WFI) Disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner could soon be on his way to the USA to face corruption charges.
Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general has signed documents clearing the way for extradition proceedings against Warner. The case has been adjourned until Friday for lawyers to review the documents.
Warner, who quit FIFA in 2011 amid a series of corruption allegations, denies wrongdoing and is resisting extradition on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in the FIFA corruption scandal.
The former CONCACAF president is one of the nine FIFA officials and five sports marketing executives who were indicted by US prosecutors in May.
One of the allegations leveled at the 72-year-old is that he took a $10m bribe from South African football officials in exchange for votes to land World Cup hosting rights.
Revelations emerged in June about the so-called $10 million “South Africa Diaspora Fund” paid from the organizing committee of the 2010 World Cup to CONCACAF, which Warner was to oversee personally. FIFA and the South African sports minister denied it was bribe.
Earlier in September, it also emerged that Warner had pocketed a profit of around $17 million on 2010 and 2014 World Cup TV rights sold by FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a knockdown price, the Press Association reported.
Warner’s former right-hand man at CONCACAF and a former FIFA ExCo member, Chuck Blazer, lifted the lid on bribes linked to the 2010 World Cup in testimony from a November 2013 court appearance released by the US Department of Justice in June.
He admitted that he and others on FIFA’s ruling body took bribes in conjunction with the awarding of the 2010 World Cup.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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