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    Former Honduras President Rafael Callejas decided to come to the United States to appear before the court as part of FIFA corruption probe.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Former Honduras President Rafael Callejas decided to come to the United States to appear before the court as part of FIFA corruption probe, Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Coralles said Monday.

    On December 3, Callejas, who used to be former Honduran soccer federation president, alongside with 15 other former and incumbent FIFA officials was indicted on corruption charges in FIFA probe by the US Justice Department.

    "He is flying [to the United States] unaccompanied by either Honduran nor by the US authorities, as a free person," Coralles said, as quoted by the Honduran El Heraldo newspaper, after the plane with Callejas took of to the US city of Miami.

    The list of defendants included representatives from a number of South American countries, who allegedly participated in the corruption schemes within FIFA for some 25 years.

    In May, the US Justice Department also charged nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives for allegedly receiving some $150 billion in bribes.

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