- Title: Ex-Peruvian soccer body head out on bail in U.S. bribe case
- Date: 7th December 2016
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** TILT UP OF FEDERAL COURTHOUSE IN BROOKLYN VARIOUS OF MANUEL BURGA, FORMER HEAD OF THE PERUVIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION, LEAVING COURTHOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MANUEL BURGA, FORMER HEAD OF THE PERUVIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION, SAYING: "I am very peaceful and I'm with my lawyer here. I cannot make any comment under advisement of my lawyer." (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPORTER SAYING, OFF CAMERA: "You look really happy to be out." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANUEL BURGA, FORMER HEAD OF THE PERUVIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION, SAYING: "After 316 days." VARIOUS OF BURGA LEAVING COURTHOUSE VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF COURTHOUSE
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2016 00:00
- Keywords: Manuel Burga FIFA court bail hearing Burga
- Location: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BR0IF3
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- Story Text: A Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday (December 6) released on bail a former head of the Peruvian soccer federation. Manuel Burga posted bail of $2 million (USD).
Burga pleaded not guilty on Friday (December 2) to U.S. charges stemming from a wide-ranging bribery investigation involving FIFA, the sport's world governing body. He led the Peruvian Football Federation from 2002 to 2014 and entered his plea to racketeering conspiracy and other charges in federal court in Brooklyn after being extradited from Peru.
Burga, who at the time of his indictment in December 2015 was also a member of a FIFA standing committee focused on soccer training and technical development, was ordered detained by U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein.
Burga's extradition came after it was approved last week by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, five months after a Peruvian court found that the U.S. request was substantiated.
Burga, 59, is one of 42 people and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation that upended Zurich-based FIFA and the soccer world. To date, 19 people and two companies have pleaded guilty in connection with the probe.
Prosecutors said the defendants engaged in more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks that were sought and received by soccer officials for marketing and broadcasting rights to tournaments and matches.
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