Arrests follow 'vote buying'

The Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. / Tom Pennington/ Getty Images
The Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. / Tom Pennington/ Getty Images

The chairman of Brazil's Olympic Committee was arrested yesterday as part of a probe into alleged buying of votes to secure Rio's hosting of the 2016 Games.

Police said Carlos Nuzman, 75, was arrested on suspicion of corruption, money laundering and criminal association.

Following an investigation dubbed "Unfair Play" that spanned several countries, Brazilian officials last month said Nuzman was the "lynchpin" in a plot to bribe the International Olympic Committee into awarding Rio last year's Games.

Authorities allege former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, who is serving a 14-year prison term for bribery and money laundering, was the mastermind of the plot, which saw $2-million (R27-million) in bribes paid to the son of Senegalese IOC member Lamine Diack before the 2009 vote in which Rio beat Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

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