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FIFA bribery suspect Figueredo to be extradited to Uruguay

Switzerland to extradite FIFA bribery case suspect Figueredo to Uruguay instead of US

FIFA bribery suspect Figueredo to be extradited to Uruguay

BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo will be extradited to his native Uruguay instead of the United States.

Switzerland's justice ministry says it gave priority to Uruguay's request because Figueredo can be prosecuted there for more charges than in the U.S., as part of a long-running investigation into tournament marketing rights.

In addition, "Uruguay would also be able to prosecute Figueredo on suspicion of having acquired US citizenship fraudulently," the Swiss government said.

The ministry says that prosecution "would be conducted at the request of the US authorities."

The 83-year-old Figueredo was arrested on May 27 at the Baur au Lac hotel and has been detained since in a Zurich-area jail.

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted him on racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering charges.

Updated : 2021-09-23 05:54 GMT+08:00