Published On: Mon, Jul 13th, 2015

Former Cayman football boss agrees to US extradition

webbZURICH, Switzerland - The former Cayman Islands football boss, Jeffrey Webb (50), has agreed to be extradited to the US, according to international media reports. A number of leading news agencies have reported that Webb, who is currently being detained in a Swiss jail, is willing to go to the United States and answer the allegations against him in the massive FIFA racketeering probe. This means Webb could appear before a New York court within a matter of days.

Webb, the former president of the Central and North American Football Federation (CONCACAF) and FIFA vice president, was arrested in Zürich on 27 May along with six other FIFA officials caught up in a US investigation spanning more than 20 years, which alleges FIFA executives took bribes and kickbacks amounting to over $150 million in relation to sports tournaments and marketing rights from various sports companies.

Webb appears to be the first of the men arrested in Switzerland to agree to go to the United States and answer the charges.

The Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) in Switzerland has confirmed that one of the seven men detained by the authorities there agreed to the extradition on Thursday at a Zürich court hearing but the office has not named the individual. The FOJ approved the extradition immediately and as a result Webb could be handed over to American law enforcement authorities in fewer than ten days.

The Cayman Islands had also started an extradition request to the Swiss authorities following charges laid against Webb last week in an unrelated local corruption case. Webb has been charged alongside Canover Watson and Miriam Rodrigues in relation to an $11 million contract for a card payment system at the hospital, known as the CarePay case.

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