Switzerland Extradites First FIFA Official to US Over Bribery Charges

One of the seven FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) officials detained in Zurich, Switzerland, amid a large-scale corruption scandal, has been extradited to the United States, media reported, citing the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ).

FIFA President Joseph Blatter s attends a news conference following the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to an earlier statement on the FOJ website, the unnamed FIFA official agreed to extradition July 9 and the process was immediately approved in a simplified procedure.

The suspect was arrested along with six other high-ranking FIFA officials in Switzerland on May 27 on a US federal corruption warrant.

The US Justice Department’s indictment charges nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives with racketeering and money laundering. The suspects are accused of receiving some $150 million in bribes.

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