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Brazilian Prosecutors to Look Into Accusations Against Former President of the CBF in Spain

07/19/2017 - 10h25

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BELA MEGALE
FROM BRASÍLIA

SÉRGIO RANGEL
FROM RIO

The Prosecutor General's Office intends to investigate, in Brazil, the accusations brought by Spanish authorities against Ricardo Teixeira, 70, former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (known by its Portuguese acronym as CBF).

In Spain, judge Carmem Lamela issued an international search and arrest warrant against Mr. Teixeira, accused of money laundering.

The decision was executed on June 12 and is yet to be enforced. Brazil does not have an extradition treaty with Spain.

According to what Folha has learned, members of the Prosecutor General's Office intend to request Spain to share the proceeding in order to investigate the case in Brazil.

The purpose of the Prosecutor General's Office is to pursue investigations as soon as possible. There are at least two investigations in progress in Rio de Janeiro and this investigation would also be submitted to the State.

A possible investigation could lead to the indictment, prosecution and conviction of Mr. Teixeira in Brazilian territory.

Considering that Brazil will not extradite Mr. Teixeira, it is assumed the Prosecutor General's Office has an international commitment to transfer the proceeding to Brazil.

Teixeira is accused of laundering millions of euros jointly with Sandro Rosell, former president of Barcelona, arrested about two months ago in Spain. Mr. Teixeira remains in liberty in Brazil.

The former president of CBF has also been indicted in the United States, accused of being one of the leaders of a money laundering and kickback scheme devised by FIFA's executives, related to the sale of tournament rights.

In his interview to Folha, in June, Teixeira stated he did not intend to negotiate a plea bargain with US authorities, a strategy adopted by other soccer moguls. He asserted he felt protected in Brazil.

"Is there anywhere safer than Brazil? Where? What would I run from, if I am not accused of anything here? Everything I am accused of abroad is not a crime in Brazil. I am not saying that I have or have not done anything," he said.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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Former president of the CBF Ricardo Teixeira
Former president of the CBF Ricardo Teixeira

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