Friday 9 December 2016

Warner turns himself in to police

Eric Zann

Published 28/05/2015 | 02:30

Trinidad and Tobago's former National Security Minister and former FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, gestures after leaving the offices of the Sunshine Newspaper which he owns, in Arouca, East Trinidad. Photo: Reuters
Trinidad and Tobago's former National Security Minister and former FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, gestures after leaving the offices of the Sunshine Newspaper which he owns, in Arouca, East Trinidad. Photo: Reuters

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner turned himself over to police in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday, shortly after they issued an arrest warrant at the request of authorities in the US, where he was one of 14 people linked to international soccer indicted on corruption charges.

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Warner appeared in court, where a judge read 12 charges against him and then granted him $2.5m bail on certain conditions, including that he surrender his passport and report to police twice a week. Warner did not enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again on July 12.

The attorney general's office in Trinidad and Tobago said it had been working with the US Justice Department for about a year regarding the investigation of Warner, who was forced out of FIFA in 2011 over a bribery scandal.

Warner, who is an opposition member of parliament in the twin-island nation, can be extradited to the US under a bilateral treaty following a hearing.

Earlier in the day, Warner denied any wrongdoing, as he has previously when confronted with allegations that he enriched himself while an official with the global soccer governing body and as a president of CONCACAF, the federation's North American regional organisation.

Warner, who left soccer in 2011 to avoid FIFA sanctions during that year's FIFA presidential election, said he was not questioned in the investigation that led to the indictment and to guilty pleas on related charges for two of his sons.

"I have been afforded no due process and I have not even been questioned in this matter," he said in a statement. "I reiterate that I am innocent of any charges. I have walked away from the politics of world football to immerse myself in the improvement of lives in this country where I shall, God willing, die."

Warner represents the constituency of Chaguanas West in parliament. His term is due to expire on June 17.

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