The two arrested FIFA officials opposing extradition to USA

Keywords: Corruption | Extradition

Press Release, FOJ, 03.12.2015

Berne. The two FIFA officials arrested in Zurich on the instructions of the Federal Office of Justice FOJ were today also given hearings by the Zurich cantonal police on the US arrest requests. They are opposing their extradition to the USA.

The following individuals are currently in custody pending extradition:

  • Alfredo Hawit, president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and vice-president of FIFA, Honduran citizen
  • Juan Angel Napout, president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and FIFA official, Paraguayan citizen

The FOJ will now ask the USA to submit formal extradition requests within the 40-day deadline laid down in the bilateral extradition treaty. Extradition proceedings will be resumed as soon as these requests have been received. Until the FOJ, as the court of first instance, has issued its ruling, the persons concerned may still agree at any time to simplified extradition proceedings.

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