Monday 23 April 2018

Fifa suspect Burzaco turns self in

The Italian police station where Argentine businessman Alejandro Burzaco turned himself in. (AP)
The Italian police station where Argentine businessman Alejandro Burzaco turned himself in. (AP)

Police in northern Italy say Argentine businessman Alejandro Burzaco, who was indicted by US authorities in connection with the Fifa corruption case, has turned himself in.

Bolzano police official Giuseppe Tricarico said that Burzaco turned himself in on Tuesday morning. He was with an Italian and Spanish-speaking lawyer.

Mr Tricarico said Burzaco is currently in a jail cell pending a hearing later on whether to confirm the arrest, as is procedure in Italy.

Mr Tricarico added that Burzaco was "searched for across the world" after being named, along with two other Argentines, in the US indictment.

Burzaco is the president of sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias.

Burzaco was one of 14 people indicted by US authorities on May 27 on bribery, vote-rigging and other corruption charges. Seven of the indicted men were arrested during dawn raids on a luxury Zurich hotel.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter, who has not been officially implicated in the investigation, won re-election to a fifth, four-term on May 29.

But four days later, as the scandal intensified, the 79-year-old Mr Blatter said he would resign and start the process of looking for a successor.

In a separate Swiss investigation, authorities seized documents at Fifa headquarters in their probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.

The 50-year-old Burzaco was named on Interpol's most wanted list last Wednesday, along with five other men with ties to Fifa.

Burzaco and Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, also from Argentina, were named in the US indictment saying they bribed soccer officials in exchange for the media and commercial rights to international tournaments.

Argentine Secretary of Security Sergio Berni said that the whereabouts of the Jinkis was still unknown.Mr Berni told Radio del Plata that authorities were trying to find them.

Press Association

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