The Brazil soccer official Jose Maria Marin has been banned for life by FIFA just 16 months after he was convicted of corruption charges in the United States.
Marin who’s 86-year-old led Brazil’s organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup. He was sentenced in August to four years in prison for racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud. NNU gathered that the FIFA has found Marin guilty of taking bribes linked to media and marketing rights for South American and Brazilian soccer competitions.
The Prosecutors in the federal high court said at his 2017 trial that Marin took $6.6 million in bribes and he was ordered to forfeit $3.3 million and pay a $1.2 million fine.
Furthermore, the FIFA ethics committee also imposed a 1 million Swiss franc ($1 million) fine, the same financial penalty ordered against several soccer officials indicted or convicted by American authorities. It has not been made known on how the FIFA can enforce payment from marin.
Marin was taken in into custody at a luxury Zurich hotel in May 2015 as part of the sweeping American investigation of corruption linked to FIFA officials. More than 40 people and marketing agencies have pleaded guilty, been convicted or have been indicted and are fighting extradition. After being extradited to the United States in 2015, Marin was released on bail and lived in his Trump Tower apartment in Manhattan while awaiting trial.
He’s already an old man, do you think he should still serve jail term or just be let go?
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