Ex-head of Brazil Olympic committee sentenced to 30 years in jail

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Carlos Arthur Nuzman was allegedly a part of group that purchased votes in bid for Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Olympic Games.

A former head of Brazil’s Olympic Committee has been sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for allegedly shopping for votes in a profitable bid for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics.

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The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas towards Carlos Arthur Nuzman, who headed the committee for 20 years, was made public on Thursday. Nuzman was discovered responsible of corruption, prison organisation, cash laundering and tax evasion.

However, he won’t face jail time till all of his appeals are heard.

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Bretas additionally sentenced former Rio Governor Sergio Cabral, businessman Arthur Soares and Leonardo Gryner, who was the Rio 2016 committee director-general of operations.

Investigators say the three males and Nuzman coordinated to bribe the previous president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, and his son Papa Diack for votes.

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Nuzman was first arrested in October 2017 together with Gryner.

Cabral, who has been in jail since 2016 and faces a collection of different convictions and investigations, informed Bretas two years in the past he had paid about $2m in alternate for as much as six votes within the International Olympic Committee (IOC) assembly that awarded Rio the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He stated the cash had come from a debt owed to him by Soares.

Cabral, who ruled Rio state between 2003 and 2010, added that one other $500,000 was paid later to Diack’s son with the purpose of securing three extra votes of IOC members. The former governor faces a further 10 years and eight months in jail in Bretas’ ruling.

The decide’s resolution labels Nuzman as “one of the main [people responsible] for the promotion and the organisation of the criminal scheme, given his position in the Brazilian Olympic Committee and before international authorities”.

Bretas additionally stated the sports activities government “headed and coordinated action of the other agents, clearly as a leader” to illegally garnish assist on the IOC.

The decide stated he’ll ship the outcomes of the investigation to authorities in Senegal and France, the place Papa Diack and Lamine Diack reside, respectively.

Rio’s bid beat Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid to host the 2016 Games.

Authorities in Brazil launched their investigation in 2017 after French newspaper Le Monde discovered members of the IOC had been bribed three days earlier than the 2009 session in Copenhagen the place Rio was ultimately picked to host the Games.


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