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Friday 28 July 2017

Ex-Honduras president 'heads to US for football probe'

Honduras' foreign minister said the ex-president has boarded a private plane (AP)
Honduras' foreign minister said the ex-president has boarded a private plane (AP)

Former Honduras president Rafael Callejas has left the country aboard a private plane with the intention of turning himself in to US authorities investigating corruption and kickbacks in Fifa, the foreign minister has said.

Arturo Corrales said that Mr Callejas had made the decision on advice from his lawyers, but would not say exactly where or when the ex-president would turn himself in.

The United States previously requested Mr Callejas's extradition.

Mr Callejas served as president from 1990 to 1994 and is a current member of Fifa's television and marketing committee.

He was one of about 20 soccer officials indicted on charges with bribes and kickbacks in a 92-count indictment.

Mr Callejas was president of Honduras' soccer federation from 2002 to 2015.

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