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  • FIFA Investigation Update: First FIFA Official Extradited to United States

    On July 15, after 50 days of detention, a high-ranking FIFA official widely reported to be former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb was extradited from Switzerland to the United States.  Webb ultimately agreed to be extradited despite initially contesting his extradition at a hearing following his arrest.  Six other FIFA officials arrested in connection with DOJ’S corruption investigation are continuing to fight extradition.  The Swiss Federal Office of Justice is overseeing the extradition proceedings. All seven officials were formally indicted by the DOJ on May 27. Previous FCPA Scorecard coverage of this investigation can be found here.

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  • FIFA Investigation Updates: United States Requests Extradition of FIFA Officials

    On July 1, the United States formally requested the extradition of seven FIFA officials associated with DOJ's ongoing corruption investigation.  These extradition requests were submitted to Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice ("FOJ") and were based on allegations of criminal activity conducted in the United States.  These seven officials were formally indicted by the DOJ on May 27. With the formal extradition requests submitted, the Zurich Cantonal Police, acting for the FOJ, will oversee hearings on the extradition requests.  According to Swiss officials, the FOJ will rule on the extradition requests within a few weeks.  Once the FOJ rules on the requests, the ruling may be challenged before the Federal Criminal Court and ultimately the Federal Supreme Court, a process that could take months.  Despite the potential delays, Swiss officials have stated that the officials will not be granted bail because they are considered flight risks. Previous FCPA Scorecard coverage of this investigation can be found here and here.

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