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Former CBF President Descends from Luxury Lifestyle in New York to "Third World" Prison

12/27/2017 - 12h21

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SILAS MARTÍ
FROM NEW YORK

On the Sunday prior to the trial that landed him in prison, Jose Maria Marin - the former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) who was found guilty of taking bribes and laundering money that was linked to the Fifa corruption scandal - went with his wife Neusa to a restaurant at an Armani store on Fifth Avenue.

They sat at a corner table with a view to the front entrance to Trump Tower, the famous luxury building situated in New York's most expensive district, where Mr. Marin had been placed under house arrest.

Mr. Marin was allowed to go out during the afternoon four times a week - but only for exercise, praying or to go shopping - as long as he notified police beforehand, but in the weeks leading up to the trial, the former director stayed in.

But the lavish and prosperous lifestyle are now a thing of the past. Mr. Marin has been placed in a three-block prison in Brooklyn made of concrete and brick, situated next to an overpass.

The time Mr. Marin spent under house arrest will not be subtracted from the up-to-120-years he could be sentenced to.

Mr. Marin spent Christmas in a prison where inmates considered violent or dangerous - convicted of crimes such as terrorism, murder or rape - are placed in the same cells as people who committed less severe, white collar crimes.

That's where Mr. Marin will stay until February at the earliest, which is when his lawyers believe his sentence will be defined.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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Stephen Yang/Reuters
Former head of Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) Jose Maria Marin, (C), defendant in the FIFA corruption trial, arrives at United States Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York
Former head of Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) Jose Maria Marin, (C), defendant in the FIFA corruption trial, arrives at United States Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York

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