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Latin American countries investigate FIFA officials

Tuesday, 2 June, 2015

According to news reports, the Federal Police of Brazil has launched an investigation into possible tax evasion and money laundering in Brazil in the context of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) corruption probe. Jose Maria Marin, former head of the Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol was among those arrested in Zurich, Switzerland last week as part of the investigation.

Costa Rica and Argentina are also currently assisting with the relevant US inquiry after a federal court in New York charged nine FIFA officials and six other defendants 'with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses in connection with the defendants' participation in a […] scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer'.

Costa Rica has opened an investigation into claims by the US against Costa Rica's football association head, Eduardo Li. A spokesperson for the country’s prosecutor said that the investigation aims to determine whether the US accusation of money laundering and corruption against Li can be substantiated and the tax office has also said it is investigation Li’s other businesses in Costa Rica.

Argentina, has issued arrest warrants for three businessmen wanted by the US authorities and, according to news agency AFP, Argentine prosecutors have launched their own investigation of the three businessmen for tax fraud, racketeering and money laundering.