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    Jack Warner upbeat after US Supreme Court decision

    By The Caribbean Camera Inc. on February 6, 2024

    Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner expressed relief and satisfaction following the US Supreme Court’s decision to throw out the convictions of two defendants connected to football corruption cases.
    Jack Warner
    Warner, who had been embroiled in allegations of corruption, fraud, and money laundering, believes that this ruling marks the end of his long-standing legal ordeal.

    The September 2023 rulings by the US Supreme Court raised questions about the legal basis for numerous prosecutions related to scandals stemming from the 2015 FIFA officials’ arrests in Zurich, Switzerland. These rulings had a direct impact on the convictions of individuals involved in football-related corruption cases.

    Warner, one of 14 FIFA officials accused of corruption, resigned from his international football positions in 2011, following provisional suspension by FIFA due to alleged corruption. He was indicted on 29 charges of corruption in the US in 2015, with extradition proceedings currently on hold.

    In a recent interview, Warner expressed his agreement with the US Supreme Court’s decision, emphasizing that he always believed the US was wrong to target FIFA and its officials over World Cup venue decisions. Warner’s case has been surrounded by controversy, as he, along with other FIFA officials, was accused of accepting bribes related to Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup.

    Warner considers the charges against FIFA officials an “overreach and overkill” by the US government, and he expressed his relief that his legal nightmare may finally be coming to an end.

    He acknowledged the negative impact of these legal matters on his life and his family but expressed confidence in his pending case. Warner’s lawyers are working toward seeking redress for the years of legal battles and financial strain.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

  • #2
    ....and the New York Times = FIFA Convictions Are Imperiled by Questions of U.S. Overreach

    Two Supreme Court decisions and a lower court’s ruling have cast doubt on the legal basis for a host of prosecutions. Several defendants want their records cleared and their money back.

    Nearly a decade after police officers marched world soccer officials out of a luxury hotel in Zurich at dawn, revealing a corruption scandal that shook the world’s most popular sport, the case is at risk of falling apart.

    The dramatic turnabout comes over questions of whether American prosecutors overreached by applying U.S. law to a group of people, many of them foreign nationals, who defrauded foreign organizations as they carried out bribery schemes across the world.

    The U.S. Supreme Court last year limited a law that was key to the case. Then in September, a federal judge, citing that, threw out the convictions of two defendants linked to soccer corruption. Now, several former soccer officials, including some who paid millions of dollars in penalties and served time in prison, are arguing that the bribery schemes for which they were convicted are no longer considered a crime in the United States.

    Emboldened by the vacated convictions, they are asking that their records be wiped clean and their money returned.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."


    • #3
      Damn! Who a fi him obeah man?
      "Jamaica's future reflects its past, having attained only one per cent annual growth over 30 years whilst neighbours have grown at five per cent." (Article)


      • #4
        Originally posted by Lazie View Post
        Damn! Who a fi him obeah man?
        I do not think he has a chance of returning to the top of any of the bodies he once ruled, that is, TTFA, CFU, CONCACAF or the high echelons of FIFA. There is also the pain he must still feel on having his sons serving time in US prison.
        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."