LIMA, Peru – The head of the football association of Peru was arrested a few months after returning his country to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
Prosecutors say Edwin Oviedo will initially be held for 15 days while investigating his alleged role in a criminal network that has paid several judges to participate in the World Cup in Russia.
The 47-year-old business man was taken into custody on Thursday at his home in a rich area of Lima. The police were also looking for access to the football federation offices.
The junkets for the judges were presumably finalized for the purchase of support for Oviedo, which faces another investigation for ordering to kill two union leaders of the sugar industry.
Oviedo denied all the charges.
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