Swiss agree to extradite FIFA suspect Figueredo to Uruguay

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) Switzerland’s justice ministry says it has approved the extradition of FIFA investigation suspect Eugenio Figueredo to his native Uruguay, though the move is unlikely to happen.

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The United States can block the order because its request to extradite Figueredo – which the Swiss already granted – is pending.

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Figueredo, a former FIFA vice president, is accused of taking bribes and fraudulently obtaining American citizenship. The ministry says the 83-year-old Figueredo appealed the U.S. extradition.

In a related case in August, the U.S. blocked Nicaragua’s attempt to bring home former FIFA staffer Julio Rocha.

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Figueredo and Rocha are among seven soccer officials arrested in May in early-morning raids in Zurich. They have been detained in the Zurich area.

Both face 20 years in prison on racketeering charges.