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Brazil police arrest Olympic committee chief in bribery investigation

06 October 2017, 12:38 | Patty Hardy

Brazilian Olympics chief arrested in Rio

Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Nuzman arrested in Rio vote-buying scheme investigation

Twenty police officers were deployed early yesterday in Rio de Janeiro on orders from a federal judge, arresting Nuzman and seizing documents.

The officers also arrested the Rio 2016 committee's chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner, according to an AFP photographer.

In September, Mr Nuzman's home was searched.

Police said he was being held in connection with crimes including corruption and money laundering.

Nuzman sits in the back of a police auto. The arrests is part of a probe into corruption around the Games.

Prosecutors asked for some $319 million dollars in assets belonging to Nuzman and Gryner to be blocked.

Nuzman also tried to hide his wealth, often in foreign accounts, the statement read.

Included in those hidden assets by Nuzman were a reported 16 kilograms of gold in a safe in Switzerland.

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Brazilian prosecutors alleged Nuzman spent more than $2 million to ensure the support of International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Lamine Diack ahead of the 2009 IOC session, in which Rio de Janeiro was awarded the right to host the 2016 Games ahead of Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo.

At that time authorities confiscated Nuzman's Brazilian and Russian passports preventing him from traveling to Lima, Peru for the International Olympic Committee session to name two host cities Paris 2024 and LA 2028.

Soares, known as "King Arthur", is accused of paying Cabral enormous bribes as a result of fraudulent construction contracts in the city.

The 72-year-old has led the committee since 1995 and headed Rio's successful bid to host the 2016 Games.

Rio prosecutors say they have new information conclusively showing how the payments were made. "It is a hard and unusual measure in due process". Tokyo eventually won the right to host in 2020 while the International Olympic Committee recently awarded the 2024 and 2028 editions to Paris and Los Angeles respectively. Nuzman is an honorary member of the IOC. Bach pledged the IOC's cooperation, but noted that there are limits to any sports organization's powers of investigation.

Ethics Commission Launches Investigation An IOC spokesperson said in a statement that its Ethics Commission had already started an investigation into Nuzman and "may consider provisional measures", in the wake of his arrest.

The IOC investigation will be the first test of the newly elected members of the Ethics Commission including chair Ban Ki Moon.

The IOC will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the IOC Ethics Commission.

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