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FIFA scam: Ex-Peru soccer prez held, Ecuador football chief’s arrest ordered

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Lima (Peru): The former president of Peru’s soccer federation Manuel Burga was arrested amid an ongoing US-led investigation into corruption at the sport’s world governing body FIFA.

Burga was among 16 people, including current and former Latin American soccer chiefs, who were charged with bribery schemes by the US officials, Xinhua reported.

Burga, 58, who was head of the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) for 12 years till 2014, denied wrongdoing as police arrested him on Saturday in Lima.

“I reiterate that I’m innocent. I haven’t received any bungs or bribes,” Burga said.

Burga was suspected of receiving bribes and kickbacks for granting broadcasting rights of Copa America matches to company Torneos y Campeonatos (TyC).

Ecuador orders arrest of its football chief

Ecuador ordered the arrest of its football federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga after he was named by US authorities as one of the 16 people connected with a multi-million dollar bribery scandal.

Chiriboga was suspended by the FEF board for a period of 90 days, after his bank accounts, and those of two other FEF officials, were frozen by prosecutors, and the FEF offices in the coastal city of Guayaquil were searched, reports Xinhua.

FEF vice-president Luis Villacis was put in charge after Chiriboga was suspended from his post.

The measures came after US Attorney General Loretta Lynch accused 16 former and current football officials in Latin America, including Chiriboga, of corruption.

Ecuadoran Attorney General Galo Chiriboga said that information from Lynch’s office has been added to the investigation over the FEF officials.

“These crimes were committed in Ecuador, therefore Ecuadoran justice department and the National Attorney General’s Office have all the constitutional rights to investigate them,” said Galo Chiriboga.

Luis Chiriboga’s lawyer, meanwhile, said he had the evidence to clear his client of the charges and would provide them when the time came.

(IANS)

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Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif Indicted on Corruption Charges

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Muhammad Safdar, husband of Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, waves from a a vehicle as he arrives at an accountability court in Islamabad. VOA

Islamabad, October 19: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from information taken from the so-called “Panama Papers.”

The country’s anti-corruption court indicted the 67-year-old Sharif during a hearing Thursday in Islamabad. His daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammed Safdar were also indicted. Maryam Sharif and Mohammed Safdar appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A lawyer for the elder Sharif, who is in London with his wife as she undergoes cancer treatment, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Maryam Sharif angrily dismissed the allegations as “baseless.”

Sharif was disqualified by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and removed from office in July after leaked documents last year from a Panama-based law firm revealed the family held a number of unreported overseas assets.(VOA)

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