International Olympic Committee suspends Brazil's Nuzman after arrest in vote-buying scandal
09 Октября 2017, 12:45 | Marlene Fleming
IOC suspends Brazil Olympic Committee, Rio 2016 boss over vote-buying case
Nuzman has denied all wrongdoing.
The decision comes after the arrest on Thursday of the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman, due to his alleged participation in a purchase of juries to get the venue of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro past year.
Authorities allege that former Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral, who is serving a 14-year prison term for bribery and money laundering, masterminded the plot.
Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the chairman of the country's Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged buying of votes to secure Rio's hosting of the 2016 Games.
In a statement, the IOC said the Brazilian Olympic Committee was also suspended due to its responsibility for Rio's bid. Twenty police officers deployed early Thursday in Rio de Janeiro on orders from a federal judge, arresting Nuzman and seizing documents.
In addition to Carlos Arthur Nuzman's provisional suspension, the Swiss-based IOC also suspended the Brazilian Olympic Committee and froze all IOC payments to the body.
Nuzman was arrested on Thursday by the federal police in connection with a case on bribing to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.
The committee said Nuzman would provisionally lose all the "the rights, prerogatives and functions" as a former IOC member and now an honorary member of the global organization. The assets include 16 kg in gold bars deposited in Switzerland, Bretas said.
Brazilian prosecutors have implicated Nuzman in a bribery scheme of at least $2 million to help win votes from International Olympic Committee members, who chose Rio as host city in 2009 in a four-city contest. He was an International Olympic Committee executive board member in October 2009 when he got a $300,000 payment linked to Brazil and the Diack family on the day Rio won.
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