Brazil’s former Olympic supremo faces 30 years in prison for buying votes for Rio Games

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Sao Paulo: Carlos Arthur Nuzman, head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, has been sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics.

Judge Marcelo Breta’s decision became public on Thursday (time in Sao Paulo), Friday AEDT.

Nuzman, who also chaired Rio 2016’s organizing committee, was found guilty of corruption, criminal organization, money laundering and tax evasion. The 79-year-old boss will not be jailed until all his appeals have been processed.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman, right, receives the Olympic flame from the head of the Greek Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos, at the Panathinean Stadium in Athens, 2016.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman, right, receives the Olympic flame from the head of the Greek Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos, at the Panathinean Stadium in Athens, 2016. Credit:AP

He and his lawyer did not comment on the decision.

Bretas was also sentenced to prison by Rio Governor Sergio Cabral, businessman Arthur Soares and Leonardo Gryner, who was the director general of the Rio 2016 Committee. Investigators say all three and Nuzman coordinated to bribe former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, and his son Papa Diack.

Cabral, who has been in prison since 2016 and faces a series of other convictions and investigations, told Bretas two years ago that he had paid around $ 2 million in exchange for up to six votes at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting which gave Rio the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He said the money came from a debt that Soares owed him.

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, center, escorted by federal police after being arrested at his home, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2017.

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, center, escorted by federal police after being arrested at his home, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2017.Credit:AP

Cabral, who ruled the state of Rio between 2003 and 2010, added that an additional $ 500,000 was later paid to Diack’s son in order to secure three more votes from IOC members.

Britain’s rash marks Nuzman as “one of the most important [people] responsible for the promotion and organization of the criminal justice system, given his position in the Brazilian Olympic Committee and before international authorities’.

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