LIMA, Peru (AP) — The head of Peru’s soccer federation was arrested Thursday, just a few months after leading his country back to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
Prosecutors said Edwin Oviedo would be held initially for 15 days during an investigation of his alleged role in a criminal network that paid for several judges to attend the World Cup in Russia.
The 47-year-old businessman was taken into custody at his home in a wealthy section of Lima. Police were also seeking access to the soccer federation’s offices.
The junkets for judges were allegedly aimed at buying support for Oviedo, who faces another investigation for allegedly ordering the killings of two sugar industry union leaders.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Extra pilot saved doomed Lion Air jetliner on next-to-last flight
- DNA testing helps police confirm Ted Bundy killed missing Utah teen
- Kellyanne Conway dismisses her husband's concerns that President Trump's mental health is deteriorating
- Witness describes death plunge of two Yosemite climbers
- Tens of thousands converge on California 'poppy apocalypse' VIEW
Oviedo has denied all accusations.
More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports