Brazil Olympic boss sentenced to 30 years in jail for corruption
- Carlos Arthur Nuzman headed the Rio 2016 organising committee
- The 79-year-old executive won't be jailed untill all his appeals are heard
- He and lawyer are yet to comment on the decision
Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was handed a 30-years and 11 months jail sentence for allegedly buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling that was done by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public on Thursday.
The accused, who headed the Rio 2016 organizing committee, was found guilty of corruption, criminal organization, money laundering and tax evasion.
However, it is to be noted that the 79-year-old executive won't be jailed until all his appeals are heard.
He and his lawyer did not comment on the decision.
The judge also sentenced former Rio Gov. Sergio Cabral, businessman Arthur Soares and Leonardo Gryner to jail. Gryner was the Rio 2016 committee director-general of operations.
As per investigators, all of the four coordinated to bribe the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, and his son Papa Diack for votes.
Cabral, has been in jail since 2016 and faces a series of other convictions and investigations. Cabral has told Bretas two years ago he had paid about $2 million in exchange for up to six votes in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting that awarded Rio the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He added that the money had come from a debt owed to him by Soares.
Cabral said that another $500,000 was paid later to Diack’s son with the aim of securing three more votes of IOC members. He governed the state of Rio between 2003 and 2010.
Bretas' ruling labels Nuzman as "one of the main responsible for the promotion and the organization of the criminal scheme.
The judge also said the sports executive "headed and coordinated action of the other agents, clearly as a leader” to illegally garnish support at the IOC.
The judge said he will send the results of the investigation to authorities in Senegal and France, where Papa Diack and Lamine Diack live, respectively.
Rio's bid beat Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid to host the 2016 Games.
The investigation in Brazil began in 2017 after French newspaper Le Monde found members of the IOC had been bribed three days before the 2009 session in Copenhagen where Rio was picked to host the Games.
(With inputs from Associated Press)