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Caribbean news briefs

TRINIDAD: FIFA rejects claims of $1 WCup TV deals from Trinidad-based Warner
ZURICH (AP) _ Disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner peddled "inaccuracies and falsehoods" when he claimed last month that he got World Cup television rights for $1 in exchange for supporting Sepp Blatter's presidential campaigns, football's world governing body said Friday.
FIFA confirmed Warner's claim that he received Caribbean broadcasting rights for $1 per tournament, though from 1986 and not _ as Warner said _ from 1998 when Blatter was first elected.
FIFA said that, until 1998, World Cup rights were often sold for nominal sums to maximize coverage in developing nations, and provide football bodies with extra revenue from selling on rights to broadcasters.
Warner was expected to raise money for his home Caribbean region, which he led for more than two decades until resigning all his football duties last June to avoid a FIFA investigation into alleged election bribery.
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HAITI: Help sought to get more Haitians visas to US
MIAMI (AP) _ With the two-year anniversary of Haiti's earthquake approaching next week, members of Congress are joining Haitian-American community leaders to push the Obama administration to help more Haitians get visas to live and work in the U.S.
They want to fast-track visas for tens of thousands of Haitians whose petitions to join relatives in this country already have been approved. A cap on the number of visas that the U.S. grants each year, though, means it can take a decade for a visa to be issued.
It's estimated that more than 100,000 Haitians are on the waiting list for visas to join their families in the U.S., and more than 15,000 of them are the spouses and children of U.S. citizens, according to the Dec. 22 letter sent by eight members of Florida's congressional delegation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio both signed, as did six U.S. representatives, including Democrat Frederica Wilson, whose Miami district represents more Haitians than any other in Congress, and Republican Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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GRENADA: 5 police accused in killing awarded bail
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) _ A judge in Grenada has granted bail to five police officers accused of manslaughter in the beating death of a Canadian man.
A judge also ordered them to surrender their passports, report themselves daily to authorities and avoid visiting the police station where they worked.
None of the officers had posted the $37,000 bond as of late Friday morning.
Hundreds of people protested the ruling outside the courthouse.
The policemen are accused of beating to death 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew of Toronto on Dec. 26 after he hugged a plainclothes female officer and lifted her off the ground in front of a police station, apparently confusing her with an old friend.
The suspects are scheduled for a Jan. 27 hearing.
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: British police say fugitive UK fraudster caught in Caribbean nation
LONDON (AP) _ British police say a fugitive multimillionaire fraudster has been arrested in the Dominican Republic, four years after he fled charges in the U.K.
Michael Brown was sentenced in his absence to seven years in jail in 2008 after he was convicted of fraud. Four former clients, including an ex-chairman of Manchester United football club, had accused Brown of duping them out of about 40 million pounds ($62 million).
City of London police said Friday that Brown had been detained in the Dominican Republic and that British authorities would be seeking his return to the U.K. to serve his sentence.
Brown donated about 2.4 million pounds to fund the 2005 national election campaign of Britain's Liberal Democrats, the third ranked party's largest ever donation.
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PUERTO RICO: Officer punished after loudspeaker act
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Puerto Rico's police chief has suspended an officer who used his patrol car's loudspeaker during a funeral to demand that the superintendent resign.
Officer Harold Ortiz was accused Friday of insubordination and improper use of government property.
The loudspeaker incident happened Wednesday while police chief Emilio Diaz Colon spoke to the press during the funeral of a police sergeant whose killing remains unsolved.
Diaz has faced increased calls in recent months to step down as violent crime continues to soar across the U.S. Caribbean territory of nearly 4 million inhabitants.
Puerto Rico reported a record 1,136 killings last year. That surpassed the previous record of 995 slayings reported in 1994.
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PUERTO RICO: Suspect in US territory slaying arrested in Connecticut
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A Puerto Rican man facing murder charges in a stabbing outside an island hotel has been arrested in Connecticut.
Waterbury police say a tip from authorities in the U.S. Caribbean territory allowed them to capture Jamie Nadal Gonzalez inside a city apartment building on Thursday night.
Nadal faces extradition to Puerto Rico, where authorities filed charges of murder and attempted murder against him in April.
He was charged in an April 12 stabbing in the parking lot of San Juan's La Concha Resort following an altercation that authorities say involved drugs and prostitutes. One man was killed and a woman was stabbed in the stomach.
Also charged in the slaying was a tourist from New Jersey, George Tsouratakis, who is facing trial in Puerto Rico.


Updated : 2021-04-23 20:05 GMT+08:00