Carlos Arthur Nuzman, A former president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, he was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for allegedly buying votes to obtain the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Judge Marcelo Bretas’ ruling was released Thursday.
Nuzman, who also chaired the Rio 2016 organizing committee, was found guilty on charges of corruption, criminal organization, money laundering and tax evasion. The 79-year-old executive will not go to prison until his appeal is heard
Neither he nor his attorney commented on the ruling.
Bretas also sentenced former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, businessman Arhtur Soares and Leonardy Gryner, who was director general of operations of the Rio 2016 committee, to prison. Investigators claim that the three of them and Nuzman coordinated to bribe the former president of the International Federation of Athletics Associations, Lamine Diack and her son, Papa Diack.
Cabral, who has been in prison since 2016 and faces a series of convictions and investigations, told Bretas two years ago that he had paid around $ 2 million in exchange for obtaining six votes at the International Olympic Committee meeting in which he gave Rio the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He said the money came from a debt Soares had with him.
He was sentenced to 30 years for corruption. Rio’s candidacy surpassed the proposals of Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid
Cabral, who ruled Rio state between 2003 and 2010, added that Diack’s son was later paid another $ 500,000 to secure three more votes from IOC members.
The Bretas ruling describes Nuzman as “one of the main responsible for the promotion and organization of the criminal plan, considering his position in the Brazilian Olympic Committee and before international authorities.” The judge also indicated that the sports executive “led and coordinated the actions of other agents, clearly like the leader” to illegally obtain support in the IOC.
The judge indicated that he will send the results of the investigation to the authorities of Senegal and France, where Papa Diack and Lamine Diack reside, respectively.
Rio’s candidacy surpassed the proposals of Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid.
The investigation into Brazil began in 2017, after the French newspaper Le Mond discovered that IOC members had received bribes three days before the 2009 session in Copenhagen where Rio was awarded the venue for the fair.