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President of Brazilian Olympic Committee arrested

President of Brazilian Olympic Committee arrested

Carlos Nuzman, who is also an honorary International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, was held for questioning last month by Brazilian and French authorities.

The head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee was arrested Thursday as part of an investigation into a bribery scandal in which officials may have paid money to win Rio de Janeiro the 2016 Summer Games, APA reports quoting CNN. A press conference is scheduled for later today by investigators to explain the new developments in "Operation Unfair Play".

The investigation into Nuzman and Gryner is part of Operation Unfair Play, which Brazilian police organized to look into alleged corruption schemes involving the Rio Olympics.

A source is in possession of emails that could corroborate the accusations, according to Brazilian justice officials.

Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the head of the country's national Olympic committee.

Bretas said in an arrest order that Nuzman's wealth grew by 416 percent between 2006 and 2016 and that he had assets overseas that were only declared after the vote-buying investigation began.

The assets include 16 kg in gold bars deposited in Switzerland, Bretas said.

Police raided Nuzman's home in September, accusing him of conspiring with politicians to buy the right to host the 2016 games.

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Nuzman sits in the back of a police auto.

Soares, known as "King Arthur", is accused of paying Cabral enormous bribes as a result of fraudulent construction contracts in the city. "It is a hard and unusual measure in due process".

The latest scandal cast a pall over an International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima last month following the designation of Paris for the 2024 Games and Los Angeles as the 2028 host city.

Diack's International Olympic Committee membership was provisionally suspended a week after his arrest in France in November 2015 and he resigned the following day.

The IOC is cooperating and is also proceeding with its own internal investigation.

The scheme was discovered when prosecutors investigating the mega Lava Jato corruption scheme started looking into former governor Sergio Cabral's illegal activities.

The ethics commission is chaired by former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon and it can recommend action against individuals to the IOC's executive board.


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