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FIFA Scandal: Ex-President Of Nicaraguan Football Federation Extradited To US, Confirms Swiss Official

Julio Rocha

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) reported Wednesday that former president of the Nicaraguan Federation Julio Rocha was extradited to New York Wednesday under escort of two U.S. law enforcement officers who took charge of him at Zurich airport.

Rocha is the last of nine officials to be extradited after arrests were carried out in May and December last year in Switzerland following a crisis which shook the world football’s governing body amid allegations of fraud, bribery and money laundering.

While the extraditions proceedings have now been concluded, FOJ indicated that legal assistance proceedings between Swiss and U.S. authorities are still ongoing.

“Further to a U.S. request for legal assistance of March 6, 2015, as well as four supplementary requests, the FOJ has had an extensive body of banking records obtained for the U.S. authorities,” the office said in a statement.

“Based on eight partial final rulings, which were not challenged, the FOJ has been able to hand banking records over to the U.S. authorities on a continuous basis since the end of December 2015,” it added.

Pending appeals against an additional 18 partial final rulings, a further extensive collection of banking records should be made available to U.S. authorities in June.

FOJ indicated that conforming to U.S. requests for legal assistance, the FOJ has frozen approximately 80 million U.S. dollars in 13 bank accounts.

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