Ecuadorian federation boss arrested over FIFA scandal


Quito/Guatemala City, Dec. 5, (GNA/dpa) – Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga turned himself in to police Friday, after an arrest warrant was issued against him over the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal.

Chiriboga, 69, who has been the federation’s president since 1998 and has not resigned so far, will request house arrest considering his age, his lawyer Lucia Vallecilla said.

Ecuadorian authorities also issued arrest warrants against two other FEF high officials and froze the bank accounts of the federation’s main bosses.

Since Ecuadorian law does not allow extradition of its citizens, the South American country’s courts expect to try them domestically.

Chiriboga was one of 16 FIFA officials against whom US authorities announced charges Thursday over corruption in the international football federation.

Also Friday, a Guatemalan judge issued an arrest warrant against another of the 16, Guatemalan Football Federation (Fedefut) president Bryan Jimenez.

Jimenez is wanted by the New York court in charge of the FIFA corruption case. An official of the Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office said the United States had requested Jimenez’s extradition.

GNA

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