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Court Orders Release of Brazil's Former Olympic Chief Carlos Nuzman

10/20/2017 - 10h42

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LETÍCIA CASADO
FROM BRASÍLIA
SERGIO RANGEL
FROM RIO

Brazilian justices of the sixth Panel of the Superior Court of Justice granted habeas corpus to Carlos Arthur Nuzman, 76, former chief of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, who was under preventive detention, on Thursday (19).

Despite the authorization to leave Benfica prison, in Rio De Janeiro, Nuzman will be required to comply with provisional measures, such as having his passport confiscated and appearing in court to report his activities on a monthly basis.

In addition, Nuzman cannot leave the judicial district without court authorization, cannot contact other people under investigation, nor enter headquarters or branches of the 2016 Rio Committee and the Brazilian Olympic Committee - he is also suspended from his activities related to such bodies.

Nuzman has been under arrest since the 5th. He may have been the "bridge" between the corruption scheme of Sérgio Cabral (PMDB) and IOC members regarding the choice of Rio as host for the 2016 Olympics.

The habeas corpus was granted by justices Maria Thereza de Assis Moura, Sebastião Reis, Rogerio Schietti and Nefi Cordeiro. They considered Nuzman's arrest a disproportionate measure in view of the charges.

According to her vote, Maria Thereza, justice reporting on the case, emphasized that the judge responsible for the proceeding may determine "if other measures are applicable (...), including a new detention order, if required."

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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Carlos Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro
Carlos Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro

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