Brazilian sports director Carlos Arthur Nuzman has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for corruption in connection with the arrival of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Nuzman, 79, has bought votes to bring the sporting event to the Brazilian city. . This is evident from the verdict published on Thursday, reports the AP news agency. Nuzman was president of the Olympic Committee on behalf of Brazil in the run-up to the Games.
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IOC members vote for the country to host the Games. According to the judge, Nuzman paid them 2 million in bribes to choose Brazil. The South American country was chosen over Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago. His lawyer states that Nuzman was convicted without demonstrable evidence. Immediately after the verdict, he said he would appeal. Until then, Nuzman doesn’t have to go to jail.
The verdict also shows that the prominent sports director has been convicted of money laundering, tax evasion and participation in a criminal organization. Nuzman was arrested in 2017 on suspicion of bribery and corruption. Three other Brazilians who played a role in the arrival of the Games to Brazil have also been sentenced.
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