Nuzman Arrested in Rio de Janeiro

Ken Copeland
October 6, 2017

Carlos Nuzman, 75 years old, was arrested on Thursday in Brazil.

Following an investigation dubbed "Unfair Play" that spanned several countries, Brazilian officials last month said Nuzman was the "lynchpin" in a plot to bribe the International Olympic Committee into awarding Rio de Janeiro last year's summer Games.

In Nuzman's last 10 years as Brazilian Olympic Committee president, his net worth increased 457 percent, according to investigators. His passport had been confiscated. The corruption investigation is known as "Operation Unfair Play".

Simultaneously, the French authorities had sifted through the home of a middle-brazilian installed in France, in the framework of an investigation opened in 2015 in France on the suspicion of corruption in the elections of the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Brazilian and French authorities have alleged Nuzman played a key role in funneling $2 million to former International Olympic Committee member Lamine Diack, who helped land Rio the 2016 games, ESPN reported.

Reuters report that Marcelo Bretas, the federal judge who authorized his arrest, said new evidence indicated that Nuzman's role in the alleged vote-buying scheme was "more relevant" than initially thought.

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Nuzman sits in the back of a police vehicle.

Included in those hidden assets by Nuzman were a reported 16 kilograms of gold in a safe in Switzerland. "Today's measures are harsh and unusual", he said. "It is a hard and unusual measure in due process".

The findings came after a new phase of the "Unfair Play" investigation, arranged by Brazilian and French authorities, which reportedly uncovered an global corruption scheme created to buy votes. The Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo notes that Nuzman was reportedly planning to demand the International Olympic Committee "provide him with a financial bailout" given the exponential debt left behind by the event.

The IOC will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the IOC Ethics Commission.

"Given the new facts, the IOC Ethics Commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr Nuzman's right to be heard", the IOC said in a statement. "It also reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails". It's alleged Carlos Nuzman was involved in a vote-buying scheme.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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