A Peruvian ex-soccer president scored a authorized win by beating prices within the FIFA corruption trial that took down two different soccer bigs.
Brooklyn Federal Court docket jurors handed Manuel Burga, 60, a belated Christmas present on Tuesday morning with an acquittal on his racketeering conspiracy cost.
Final week, the identical jury discovered Burga’s co-defendants, Juan Angel Napout, 59, and Jose Maria Marin, 85, responsible on a number of counts — together with the identical cost Burga beat.
Prosecutors stated the trio had been a part of entrenched soccer sleaze the place soccer officers traded profitable industrial rights on video games for thousands and thousands of in bribes.
Greater than 40 individuals have been charged within the case and over half have pleaded responsible to roles within the far-reaching graft.
The three males standing trial denied their very own involvement within the corruption.
When the jury introduced their Friday verdicts for Napout, of Paraguay, and Marin, of Brazil, they stated they had been nonetheless undecided on Burga.
On Tuesday, jurors concluded prosecutors couldn’t show Burga was lining his pockets with over $four million in bribe cash.
Early within the five-week trial, prosecutors claimed Burga was making throat-slicing gestures at a cooperating witness.
Burga’s lawyer stated he was simply coping with a rash on his neck.