KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS —- Jack Warner, disgraced and banned former vice-president of world football federation FIFA, has won another round in his court battle to evade extradition to the United States.
Warner, 73-year-old Trinidad & Tobago politician, is wanted by the US Department of Justice to answer charges in New York, along with more than 40 other individuals and entities, in the $200m FIFAGate corruption case.
Lawyers for the former president of central and north American confederation (CONCACAF) had objected to the extradition agreed by the Office of the Attorney General on the grounds that Trinidad & Tobago’s treaty with the US contradicted the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act.
They have also applied for a judicial review, a request which is pending a decision on the extradition objection which has been lodged with the Court of Appeal.
Justice James Aboud has now postponed until March 13 a decision on a date for the judicial review, ruling he can make no effedtive ruling until the Court of Appeal has ruled on application from US government lawyers to be allowed to join the case.
The US DoJ had hoped that an intervention would speed up the process; instead it appears to have added to the delays.
Warner is free on £400,000 bail against 12 offences related to racketeering, corruption and money laundering allegedly committed in the jurisdiction of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, dating back to 1990.
** Torneos y Competencias, the Argentinian sports marketing giant, has agreed to pay more than $112m in forfeiture and fines into a New York court in the FIFAGate corruption case.
TyC has escaped criminal prosecution over its role in paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking FIFA officials to secure rights to broadcast the World Cup in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.
Last year, former ceo Alejandro Burzaco pleaded guilty to associated charges, He is due to be sentenced in May.