Suspended FIFA official Juan Angel Napout extradited to USA

The 57-year-old Paraguayan had agreed to be extradited and was escorted by two US police officers to New York.

AFP| Updated: Dec 16, 2015, 08:29 AM IST
Suspended FIFA official Juan Angel Napout extradited to USA

Juan Angel Napout, the ex-president of South American football confederation CONMEBOL and a vice-president of FIFA, was extradited to the United States on Tuesday, the Swiss justice ministry confirmed.

The 57-year-old Paraguayan had agreed to be extradited and was escorted by two US police officers to New York, the Swiss justice ministry (FOJ) confirmed in a statement.

Napout was arrested at a luxury hotel in Zurich on December 3, one of 16 people named in a new indictment from US authorities investigating allegations of massive corruption at world football`s governing body.

The FOJ also confirmed that Eduardo Li, the former head of the Costa Rican Football Federation, has withdrawn his appeal against his extradition to the United States.

Li was one of seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich on May 27 following a US indictment on charges that he took bribes while selling football television rights.

"As is customary, for reasons of security and privacy no details concerning when Li will be handed over to the USA will be disclosed," the FOJ said.