Former Brazil Olympic boss sentenced to jail for corruption

by: MAURICIO SAVARESE, Connected Press Posted: Nov 25, 2021 / 11:26 PM EST / Up-to-date:

FILE – Then President of the Rio 2016 Olympic Organizing Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman, right, and Worldwide Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, next correct, applaud throughout the opening ceremony of the 129th International Olympic Committee session, in Rio de Janeiro on August 1, 2016, ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Game titles. Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for a lot more than two a long time, was sentenced to 30 decades and 11 months in jail for allegedly buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas grew to become public Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool Photograph through AP, File)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for additional than two many years, was sentenced to 30 many years and 11 months in jail for allegedly getting votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics.

The ruling by Choose Marcelo Bretas grew to become general public Thursday.

Nuzman, who also headed the Rio 2016 organizing committee, was located guilty of corruption, legal business, money laundering and tax evasion. The 79-12 months-old executive will not be jailed until eventually all his appeals are read.

He and his law firm did not remark on the conclusion.

Bretas also sentenced to jail former Rio Gov. Sergio Cabral, businessman Arthur Soares and Leonardo Gryner, who was the Rio 2016 committee director-basic of functions. Investigators say all three and Nuzman coordinated to bribe the former president of the Intercontinental Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, and his son Papa Diack for votes.

Cabral, who has been in jail since 2016 and faces a collection of other convictions and investigations, explained to Bretas two a long time in the past he experienced paid about $2 million in trade for up to 6 votes in the Intercontinental Olympic Committee (IOC) assembly that awarded Rio the Olympic and Paralympic Game titles. He mentioned the income had arrive from a personal debt owed to him by Soares.

Cabral, who ruled Rio point out involving 2003 and 2010, added that an additional $500,000 was paid out later to Diack’s son with the aim of securing three additional votes of IOC associates.

Bretas’ ruling labels Nuzman as “one of the main responsibles for the marketing and the business of the legal scheme, provided his placement in the Brazilian Olympic Committee and in advance of worldwide authorities.” The choose also said the sporting activities govt “headed and coordinated motion of the other agents, obviously as a leader” to illegally garnish aid at the IOC.

The decide said he will ship the final results of the investigation to authorities in Senegal and France, where by Papa Diack and Lamine Diack live, respectively.

Rio’s bid conquer Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid to host the 2016 Video games.

The investigation in Brazil commenced in 2017 soon after French newspaper Le Monde located associates of the IOC had been bribed a few times right before the 2009 session in Copenhagen the place Rio was picked to host the Online games.

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