Carlos Arthur Nuzman, who was president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for the alleged purchase of votes to obtain the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016, according to this Thursday’s ruling by judge Marcelo Bretas.

The former president of 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.

Bretas also sentenced the former governor of Rio de Janeiro to prison, Sergio Cabral (2007-2014); businessman Arthur Soares; and Leonardy Gryner, who was general director of operations for the Rio 2016 committee.

The investigators claim that the three of them, along with Nuzman, coordinated to bribe the former president of the International Federation of Athletics Associations, Lamine Diack, and his 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 six votes at the meeting of the International Olympic Committee in which Rio was awarded the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As he confessed, the money came from a debt that Soares owed him.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman was president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades. AP Photo

After that payment, Diack had demanded another half a million dollars to guarantee him nine votes in the vote that took place on October 2, 2009, during the 121st session of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee.

In that election, Rio de Janeiro won the venue for the 2016 Games after beating Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid, the other three cities that aspired to organize that Olympic event. In the final vote, it beat the Spanish capital by 66 votes to 32.

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 he “led and coordinated the actions of other agents, clearly such as the leader,” to get support illegally at the IOC.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman during an interview with Clarín.  Photo Lorena Lucca

Carlos Arthur Nuzman during an interview with Clarín. Photo Lorena Lucca

He also 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.

The investigation into Brazil began in 2017, after the French newspaper Le Monde discovered that members of the IOC had received bribes three days before the 2009 session in Copenhagen, where Rio had been awarded the competition venue. .

With AP information.


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