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FIFA Corruption: Wanted Suspect Alejandro Burzaco Hands Himself in Italy


Alejandro Burzaco, who is wanted by the US in connection with the investigation into allegations of corruption at soccer’s governing body FIFA, has turned himself in to police in Italy.

The Argentine was the president of Argentine sports marketing firm Torneos y Competencias and one of 14 current and ex-FIFA officials and associates indicted over the scandal.

Interpol had issued an alert requesting Alejandro Burzaco’s arrest.

Alejandro Burzaco disappeared following the arrest of seven FIFA executives on May 27.Alejandro Burzaco arrested in Italy

Swiss media reported that Alejandro Burzaco was not in his room when police acting on extradition requests from US authorities raided a hotel in the Swiss city of Zurich, but was having breakfast and so was not arrested.

Alejandro Burzaco, who also has Italian citizenship, walked into a police station in the northern Italian city of Borzano along with his two lawyers on June 9.

He is being held in a cell in Borzano police station, officials told Spanish news agency EFE.

The DoJ alleges that Alejandro Burzaco conspired to win and keep hold of lucrative media rights contracts from regional football federations by paying up to $110 million in bribes.

An Argentine judge ordered Alejandro Burzaco’s arrest after he was named in the US indictment for racketeering conspiracy and corruption.

Judge Marcelo Martinez de Giorgi warned Alejandro Burzaco and two more indicted Argentine sports executives, Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, that they would be considered fugitives if they did not turn themselves in.

The whereabouts of father and son Hugo and Mariano Jinkis is currently unknown.

Interpol issued “red notices” for their arrest, along with Alejandro Burzaco and three others, on June 1.

Alejandro Burzaco was dismissed from Torneos y Competencias on June 3.

Torneos y Competencias has denied any involvement in the alleged bribery.

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