Football Corruption Trial begins in Brooklyn Court

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Protesters carry a sign behind former Brazilian National Football Federation president Jose Maria Marin as he arrives on November 8, 2017 at Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York. (Photo credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

(News Americas), MIAMI, FL, Fri. Nov. 10, 2017: Jury selection at federal court in Brooklyn, NY in the corruption trial of three South American former FIFA executives began Thursday. Twelve jurors and six alternates were selected at the FIFA corruption trial.

US prosecutors are expected to present 350,000 pages of evidence and dozens of witnesses against Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation; former FIFA vice-president Juan Angel Napout, 59, and former one-time FIFA development committee member Manuel Burga, who led football in Peru until 2014.

The worst counts against them carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. A US jury will decide their fate. If convicted, they will be sentenced by Judge Pamela Chen.

Guatemalan former football official Hector Trujillo was sentenced last month to eight months, and British-Greek accountant Costas Takkas to 15 months, 10 of which he has already served. The other 22 await sentencing including Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands, who admitted to receiving more than US$6 million in bribes.

The final 15 defendants remain in their home countries, fighting extradition to the United States including former FIFA vice-president, Trinidadian Jack Warner, who was suspended for life by the FIFA ethnics committee.

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