Guatemala arrests ex-soccer chief Jimenez amid FIFA probe

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 12, 2016 3:30 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan police said on Tuesday they have arrested fugitive former soccer federation president Brayan Jimenez in connection with a corruption probe into the sport's world governing body, FIFA.

Guatemala's prosecutor's office previously said it received an order from the Foreign Ministry to proceed with the extradition of Jimenez to the United States once apprehended, and had released an arrest warrant for him.

Jimenez has been accused of taking bribes along with Hector Trujillo, former secretary general of the Guatemalan soccer federation, who was arrested last month in the United States.

Dozens of soccer officials have been charged by U.S. authorities probing corruption in FIFA, in an investigation that has sent shockwaves across the soccer world.

(Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Editing by Leslie Adler)