FIFA Official Extradited to US

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Sepp Blatter, FIFA president

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ONE of the seven FIFA officials held in Switzerland over corruption allegations has been extradited to the United States. The Swiss justice ministry disclosed in a statement Thursday, July 16, said he was handed over to a three-man US police escort in Zurich, Switzerland, who accompanied him on the flight to New York, on Wednesday, July 15.

A justice ministry spokesman separately told AFP in an email that the extradited official could not yet be named.

Last week, one of the seven FIFA officials detained in Switzerland as part of a probe into alleged massive graft at football’s governing body agreed to be sent to the US, with Swiss authorities saying his extradition was likely to be approved quickly.

The official was among those arrested in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel on May 27, accused of involvement in more than $150 million of bribes given for marketing deals for football tournaments in North and South America.  According to the AFP, the six remaining FIFA officials wanted by the US Justice Department — all from South America or the Concacaf zone of North and Central America and the Caribbean – have not yet agreed to be extradited.

— Jul 27, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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