San Juan, Sep 22: Trinidad and Tobago’s Attorney General Faris Al Rawi has authorised the extradition of former FIFA vice president Jack Warner to the US on graft charges, court officials said Monday. Warner, 72, is facing charges of corruption, organised crime and money laundering during his term as vice president of soccer’s intertiol governing body.
Warner’s lawyers will appeal the decision on grounds it was taken after the deadline date for signing the documents (September 16) and ask for their client to be released, according to local media reports.
Warner, who was arrested in late May and subsequently released on bail of $394,000, has denied the charges.
He instructed his attorneys to seek judicial review of his extradition proceedings, saying it was impossible for him to get a fair hearing, and accused the government of Trinidad and Tobago of bias and making his case public.
A report by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) earlier accused former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer and Warner of embezzling at least $57 million during their time as general secretary and president respectively. IANS