Tainted Fifa official Figueredo to be extradited to Uruguay

  • Reuters, Montevideo
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2015 19:56 IST
A file photo of South American Football Confederation vice-president Eugenio Figueredo and president Nicolas Leoz chat during the presentation of the new Paraguayan national football team kit for the 2011 Copa America . (AFP)

The Swiss ministry of justice announced on Friday that they have decided to authorize the extradition of Eugenio Figueredo, the former head of South America’s CONMEBOL football body, to Uruguay to face trial on corruption charges.

CONMEBOL, an influential grouping that includes traditional soccer powers such as Brazil and Argentina, is heavily embroiled in a corruption probe led by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Switzerland has authorized Figueredo’s extradition to Uruguay instead of the United States,” the source told Reuters, requesting anonymity. “Uruguay’s justice system has until Dec. 30 to bring him to the country.

“This is the only case in which one of the people under arrest was not extradited to the United States,” the source said.

Of 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives indicted in the United States in May on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payments, eight were from South America.

They included two former CONMEBOL presidents, Figueredo and Nicolas Leoz, plus the Venezuelan federation president Rafael Esquivel, the former head of the Brazilian confederation and three Argentine and one Brazilian executives.

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