Former president of Honduras has made a U.S. court appearance in the sprawling investigation of bribes and kickbacks involving the FIFA corruption and bribery scandal referred to in Honduras as FIFAGate, soccer’s governing body.
Former Honduras President Rafael Leonardo Callejas Romero. Callejas flew up to the USA on to face the charges and avoid the extradition process in Honduras.
He has been accused of being involved in a bribery scheme that is plaguing FIFA officials. Media World in Miami is one of the firms accused of bribing both Rafael Callejas and Alfredo Hawit Also from Honduras and President of CONCACAF as well as the FENAFUTH
The documented bribe is in the amount of $600,000 – Media World is cooperating with the US Government
Bribes were made in order to secure exclusive broadcasting rights and setting of venues for World Cup Qualifying matches.
Alfredo Hawit was detained in Switzerland is is currently refusing to be extradited.
Rafael Callejas pleaded not guilty to bribery charges through his lawyer on Tuesday. After entering his not guilty plea he remains in the custody of USA officials while a request for Bond presented by his lawyer is reviewed by US officials.
Former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout was scheduled for an appearance later Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. Napout had agreed to be extradited from Switzerland.
Honduras officials said Callejas turned himself in to USA authorities on his own free will on the advice of his lawyers.
Callejas served as president of Honduras from 1990 to 1994. He’s a current member of FIFA’s television and marketing committee.
About 20 soccer officials have been indicted on charges stemming from the U.S. investigation of corruption in the sport.