UPDATE 11-South American soccer bosses charged in latest FIFA graft probe

viernes 4 de diciembre de 2015 00:07 GYT
 

* U.S. charges 16 people in multimillion-dollar bribery schemes

* Swiss make arrests at U.S. request in FIFA investigation

* CONCACAF president Hawit and CONMEBOL head Napout detained

* Ex-FIFA vice president Webb pleads guilty, forfeits $6.7 mln (Adds comment from Panama's Alvarado)

By Mark Hosenball and Joshua Franklin

WASHINGTON/ZURICH, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Soccer bosses from across South and Central America were among 16 people charged on Thursday with multimillion-dollar bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights, in a dismantling of a Latin American soccer network by U.S. prosecutors.

Court documents showed that the heads of the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF associations that run soccer in the Western Hemisphere and others with top jobs in the world governing body FIFA were charged along with current and former chiefs of the Brazil Football Confederation (CBF), which hosted the 2014 World Cup finals.

A former president of Honduras, Rafael Callejas, and a judge on Guatemala's constitutional court, Héctor Trujillo, were named in the indictment. A source in the court said Trujillo was on vacation in the United States. Callejas, also a former Honduran soccer federation chief, said he was ready to defend himself in court.

CONCACAF acting president Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, a vice president of FIFA, and CONMEBOL head Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay were arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Swiss police at a hotel in Zurich near the headquarters of FIFA, which has been in turmoil since a first round of indictments and arrests last May.   Continuación...