Four million dollars bail for former Honduran president in FIFA scandal

New York, Dec. 18. (GNA/dpa) – A US court on Thursday set bail at 4 million dollars for former Honduran president Rafael Leonardo Callejas, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering and wire fraud in the FIFA corruption scandal.

Judge Robert Levy set bail and then ordered the New York City court to accept cheques totaling 810,000 dollars as bond for Callejas, who was president of Honduras from 1990-94 and president of the Honduran Football Association until August.

The charges against Callejas are in connection with the sale of marketing and television rights for football tournaments and matches in Latin America.

Callejas, along with suspended FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit, president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), are among the 16 latest men indicted by US authorities for allegedly accepting bribes in the marketing of international tournaments.

The scandal has rocked FIFA and football since the initial indictments were announced in May.