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U.S. asks Switzerland to extradite 7 FIFA officials

from BBC

(elbcradio.com/July 2, 2015)-Swiss authorities say the United States has asked the Government of Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials, arrested on corruption charges in May.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said formal extradition requests were submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

The seven top FIFA executives, arrested in Zurich, are among 14 FIFA officials indicted on charges of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption.

According to the BBC, the charges follow a major inquiry by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The FOJ said Zurich police, acting on its behalf, would give the seven officials a hearing over the extradition requests.

The BBC also said the officials and their lawyers would have 14 days to respond to the request, to be extended "if sufficient grounds exist."

 


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