The 79-year-old lawyer was found guilty of corruption, involvement in a criminal organization, money laundering and tax fraud, therefore, he was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison. Nuzman does not have to go to jail until his appeal is heard by the court.

Nuzman and five other people were indicted on October 17, 2017 for bribery, money laundering and financial violations.

Nuzman was arrested by Brazilian police on suspicion that with his help, two million dollars in bribes were transferred primarily to African IOC members before the 2009 vote to decide on the 2016 five-ring venue. Following his arrest, the IOC suspended Nuzman, an honorary member of the International Commission, and served on the committee overseeing preparations for the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Sergio Cabral, a former governor of the state of Rio and two others, has been sentenced to prison in the case. They were also involved in the bribery process, during which – as Cabral admitted two years ago Lamine Diack, then president and IOC member of the International Federation of Athletics (IAAF), was paid $ 1.5 million to get Rio seven votes at the IOC’s 2009 venue selection congress in Copenhagen. Later, another $ 500,000 was paid to Diack’s son, Papa Diack, to get three more votes.

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