President of CONMEBOL ratifies the decision to recover the money stolen from South American football

President of CONMEBOL ratifies the decision to recover the money stolen from South American football
President of CONMEBOL ratifies the decision to recover the money stolen from South American football
  • Alejandro Domínguez assured that CONMEBOL will continue the fight “to do justice” and who will not hesitate “confront the powerful who still have the football money”.
  • He added that the recovery of money from the hands of corruption becomes tangible with initiatives such as Football Week, which seeks to promote an inclusive and plural vision of sport.
  • CONMEBOL recently presented a request to the Prosecutor’s Office to reactivate a criminal case for alleged money laundering involving former president Nicolás Leoz and Banco Atlas SA.

“It is money that should be on the football field, in the development of sport, not in the pockets of the leaders, of the powerful,” said Alejandro Domínguez, at the inauguration of Football Week, a joint initiative of CONMEBOL and Special Olympics, based on an inclusive vision of football. The leader also assured that the Confederation will redouble its efforts to recover the funds appropriated by leaders, with the complicity of financial institutions. The President of the Republic, Santiago Peña, attended the event accompanied by members of his cabinet.

To date, CONMEBOL has achieved the restitution of around USD 150 million, through actions carried out in the US, Switzerland and Paraguay. The starting point was the completion of a forensic audit in 2017, the results of which were sent to the US and Paraguayan prosecutors’ offices.

CONMEBOL has been reporting on alleged money laundering in Paraguay since 2017. Since that year, the country has changed its president three times (Horacio Cartes, under whose government the first complaint was filed; Mario Abdo Benítez and Santiago Peña) and two prosecutors. generals (Sandra Quiñónez and Emiliano Rolón Fernández). However, the investigation has been paralyzed, without significant progress for at least three years, when the last steps were carried out by the Prosecutor’s Office, with the raid of Banco Atlas SA and the Superintendency of Banks of the BCP.

In 2016, the former president of CONMEBOL, Nicolás Leoz, negotiated the creation of two trusts worth more than USD 6,000,000 with Banco Atlas SA, when an international arrest warrant and an extradition request were already pending against him. However, despite all the indications, the criminal investigation by the Public Ministry has been paralyzed for three years, which led to the presentation of an appeal by the Confederation and a personal interview of Domínguez with the State Attorney General, Emiliano Rolón. Fernández, to address this matter.

During his speech at the opening of the inclusive sporting event, Domínguez added that the recovered money is used for the expansion of the positive values ​​of sport and emphasized that “We are not going to stop until we do justice, to confront the powerful who still have football money”.

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