WASHINGTON -Former Honduran president Rafael Callejas (1990-1994) pleaded
guilty today to crimes related to his involvement in a bribe scandal for
which the international governing body of football FIFA is under investigation.
Callejas, 72, who is also ex-president of the Honduran soccer federation
(2002-Aug.2016), pleaded guilty before a federal judge of a court in Brooklyn,
“I know it was wrong to solicit and and receive those payments that were not
revealed, “Callejas told Judge Robert Levy.
The sentence will be decided by a court on Aug.5, but under the law, each crime
of conspiracy to commit racketeering and wire fraud is punishable with up to 20
years in prison.
Callejas is among the 42 individuals and entities accused in an investigation
over US$200 million received in payments for awarding media and marketing rights
contracts in tournaments and games.
This is the worst scandal hitting FIFA in its 110-year history, and has prompted
the downfall of most of its leadership.–BERNAMA