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Newsline: US Embassy seeks extradition of Paraguayan soccer official

U.S. asked Paraguay to extradite Nicolas Leoz, the former president of South America’s soccer confederation and one of those charged in a corruption scandal being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department. Leoz, 86, is being held under house arrest in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion. His lawyer, Ricardo Preda, told The Associated Press that Leoz was informed that Paraguay’s “foreign ministry has received the request from the U.S. Embassy and has sent it to the Supreme Court.” Preda said there is no deadline for authorities to decide on the extradition request, which “is not for immediate execution.” Leoz was president of the South American confederation, known as CONMEBOL, from 1986 to 2013. He was also a former member of the executive committee of FIFA, international soccer’s governing body. Paraguay signed a law repealing the immunity that CONMEBOL’s headquarters enjoyed for nearly two decades.



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