Ex-Fifa officials Warner, Leoz on Interpol's most wanted list

  • AFP, Lyon, France
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 18:40 IST

Interpol on Wednesday put disgraced Fifa executive members Jack Warner and Nicolas Leoz on their most wanted list and issued an international alert. Four heads of sports marketing companies have also been put on the list.

All six are wanted by US authorities investigating more than $150 million (135 million euros) of bribes paid to football officials.

Warner, a former Fifa vice president, is in Trinidad and Tobago. Leoz, an executive member, is reportedly under house arrest in his native Paraguay.

"At the request of US authorities ... international wanted persons alerts have been issued for two former Fifa officials and four corporate executives for charges including racketeering, conspiracy and corruption," the Lyon-based international police body said in a statement.

Three of the sports marketing bosses are Argentine nationals, Alejandro Burzac, and Hugo and Mariano Jinkis. The other is Brazilian national Jose Margulies -- also known as Jose Lazaro, according to Interpol.

Interpol stressed that the so-called "red notice" issued against the six was not an international arrest warrant and it cannot force national authorities to hold the suspects.

The publication of the red notices came a day after the spectacular resignation of FIFA boss Sepp Blatter as the New York Times reported the 79-year-old was the focus of an FBI corruption probe.

ABC News also said Blatter was the subject of an investigation, which it said was part of the larger probe that led to the arrest of seven FIFA officials in a luxury Swiss hotel.

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