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Ex-FIFA vice president released from prison

2016-02-03 10:02
Alfredo Hawit (Supplied)

New York - A former vice president for world soccer's governing body has been released from U.S. custody in New York and will be subject to house arrest as he awaits trial on bribery and other charges related to a sprawling corruption case.

An attorney for former FIFA official, Alfredo Hawit, said Tuesday the 64-year-old Honduras native was released. Court records show Hawit posted a $1m bond package Monday after an appearance at U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Hawit was interim president of North and Central American and Caribbean governing body CONCACAF from June until his December 3 arrest in Switzerland.

Prosecutors allege that in return for thousands of dollars in bribes he and other top CONCACAF officials awarded marketing rights to the Gold Cup and other events.

He has pleaded not guilty.

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