Montevideo - Switzerland will extradite FIFA ex-vice
president Eugenio Figueredo to his native Uruguay December 24, after his arrest
in connection with the corruption scandal rocking world football, his lawyer
Attorney Karen Pintos said Figueredo -- who was also sought
by the United States -- will arrive around 1200 GMT on Thursday.
The prosecutor in the case, Juan Gomez, told local daily El
Pais that Figueredo would be held at a jail and not await trial under house
arrest. Pintos has said she wanted house arrest for her client, who is 83.
Figueredo, the former president of South American
confederation CONMEBOL, was one of seven top football officials arrested in a
raid on a Zurich luxury hotel in May which kicked off an unprecedented crisis
Also read: Swiss approve extradition of Uruguay's Figueredo to U.S.
He has been indicted in the United States on charges of
soliciting multi-million-dollar bribes from sports marketing firms.
But authorities in Uruguay launched their own investigation
and subsequently charged him with abusing his office.
Figueredo had agreed to be sent to Uruguay but fought
extradition to the United States.
The Swiss justice ministry approved his extradition to both
countries, and said in November it would be up to the United States to decide
whether to let Uruguay have priority.
The news about Figueredo came as FIFA president Sepp Blatter
and UEFA president Michel Platini were banned from all footballing activities
after the association's ethics tribunal said they had abused their positions
over a suspect $2-million payment (1.8-million-euro).For
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