Tainted FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo arrived in his native Uruguay on Thursday after Swiss authorities decided to being extradite him 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 racketeering and money laundering, prosecutor Juan Gomez told AFP.
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.
The spiraling scandal at FIFA took a dramatic new turn last week when it banned disgraced president Sepp Blatter from football for eight years over ethics violations.