Federal agents boarded the Disney Dream while docked at Port Canaveral on Friday morning to arrest 62-year old Héctor Trujillo, a Guatemalan judge, who is one of dozens of soccer officials charged by U.S. prosecutors investigating corruption in the sport’s world governing body FIFA.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that Trujillo, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who went to his cabin door. Trujillo sailed on the November 30th 4-Night Bahamian Very MerryTime cruise that returned to Port Canaveral, Florida on Friday morning.
His family, including a son wearing a 2014 FIFA World Cup T-shirt, looked on as Trujillo was read his rights through an interpreter. Trujillo’s wrists and ankles were shackled.
Trujillo, one of 41 people and entities charged in a U.S. corruption sweep that has rocked soccer worldwide, appeared in federal court in Orlando, Florida. A magistrate judge ordered him held pending his transfer to Brooklyn, New York, where the cases against officials were first brought, and a possible bond hearing to be held there.
FIFA is in the throes of an unprecedented crisis with criminal investigations into the sport under way in the United States and Switzerland. Soccer bosses from across South and Central America, including Trujillo, were among 16 people charged on Thursday by U.S. prosecutors with bribery and kickback schemes amounting to more than $200 million for marketing and broadcast rights to tournaments and matches. The total number of indictments is now 41 in a probe spanning dozens of countries.
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