CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Guatemalan judge arrested on Disney cruise ship on soccer bribery charges

viernes 4 de diciembre de 2015 17:58 GYT
 

(Corrects and deletes reference to Zurich as Swiss capital, which is Berne, paragraph 8)

By Nate Raymond and Mark Hosenball

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Federal agents boarded a Disney cruise ship in Florida on Friday to arrest a Guatemalan judge who is one of dozens of soccer officials charged by U.S. prosecutors investigating corruption in the sport's world governing body FIFA.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that Héctor Trujillo, 62, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who went to his cabin door.

Another law enforcement source said Trujillo was on a Disney cruise ship docked at Port Canaveral, Florida when he was arrested. Trujillo was scheduled to appear in federal court in Orlando at 3:30 p.m. ET (2030 GMT), a court official said.

A lawyer for Trujillo could not immediately be contacted for comment.

Soccer bosses from across South and Central America, including Trujillo, were among 16 people charged on Thursday by U.S. prosecutors with bribery and kickback schemes amounting to more than $200 million for marketing and broadcast rights to tournaments and matches. The total number of indictments is now 41 in a probe spanning dozens of countries.

FIFA is in the throes of an unprecedented crisis with criminal investigations into the sport under way in the United States and Switzerland. Its president Sepp Blatter is among officials who have been suspended by its own ethics committee.

At FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Friday, FIFA executive committee members Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay and Alfredo Hawit of Honduras were suspended from soccer for 90 days after their arrests at hotel in the city on Thursday morning.   Continuación...