FIFA Scandal: Interpol Issues Six Wanted Persons Alerts
LYON, France, June 3 (UPI) — Interpol issued six wanted persons alerts, called red notices, on Wednesday as part of the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal the day after the organization’s president Sepp Blatter said he would resign.
The red notices were issued at the request of the United States for two former FIFA officials, including former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, and four corporate executives for charges including racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.
Red notices are not international arrest warrants, but a way Interpol informs member nations that an arrest warrant has been issued by a judicial authority that “seeks the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action,” Interpol said in a statement.
Interpol cannot send officers to arrest or compel member nations to arrest individuals under red notices.
“Only the law enforcement authorities of the Interpol member country where the individual is located have the legal authority to make an arrest,” according to Interpol.
The Red Notices have been issued for;
• Jack Warner, Trinidad & Tobago national, former FIFA vice president and executive committee member, CONCACAF president, CFU president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special adviser.• Nicolás Leoz, Paraguayan national, former FIFA executive committee member and CONMEBOL president.
• Alejandro Burzaco, Argentine national, controlling principal of Torneos y Competencias S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.
• Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, Argentine nationals, controlling principals of Full Play Group S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.
• José Margulies (also known as José Lazaro), Brazilian national, controlling principal of Valente Corp. and Somerton Ltd., broadcasting businesses.
Although re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, Sepp Blatter announced on Tuesday his resignation following recent charges of corruption weighed against figures in the international soccer association.
Charges announced by the U.S. Justice Department accuse 14 FIFA officials and corporate executives of “racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.”