Ex-Brazil Olympics president jailed for corruption
Sao Paulo Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, has been sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for allegedly buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics.
Judge Marcelo Britas’ ruling became public on Thursday.
Nusman, who also chaired the Rio 2016 organizing committee, was convicted of corruption, criminal organisation, money laundering and tax evasion. The 79-year-old CEO will not be imprisoned until all of his appeals have been heard.
He and his lawyer did not comment on the decision.
Britas were also sentenced to prison terms, former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, businessman Arthur Soares and Leonardo Greiner, who was the director general of operations for the Rio 2016 commission. Investigators say the three and Nuzman orchestrated the bribery of former IAAF president Lamine Diack and his son Papa Diack in order to vote.
Cabral, who has been in prison since 2016 and faces a string of other convictions and investigations, told Britas two years ago that he paid about $2 million for up to six votes at the International Olympic Committee meeting that awarded Rio the prize. Olympic and Paralympic Games. He said the money came from a debt owed to him by Soares.
Cabral, who ruled Rio between 2003 and 2010, added that another $500,000 was later paid to Diack’s son with the aim of securing three more votes for IOC members.
Judgment Britas Nusman described him as “one of the main ones responsible for the promotion and organization of the criminal scheme, given his position in the Brazilian Olympic Committee and before the international authorities”. The judge also said the sports executive “headed and coordinated the work of other clients, as a clear leader” for illegally recruiting support for the IOC.
The judge said he would send the results of the investigation to the authorities in Senegal and France, where Papa Diack and Lamine Diack live, respectively.
Rio’s bid has overtaken Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
The investigation in Brazil began in 2017 after French newspaper Le Monde found that members of the International Olympic Committee had received a bribe three days before the 2009 Games in Copenhagen where Rio was chosen to host the Games.
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