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Rio Olympics head leaves prison

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Carlos Nuzman (centre) is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 5.


Carlos Nuzman left prison yesterday after his arrest two weeks ago on eventual charges that he arranged bribes to land the Olympics he headed last year in Rio de Janeiro.

Nuzman walked from a Rio prison wearing a white polo shirt, accompanied by his defence team and watched by a handful of curious bystanders.

The 75-year-old Brazilian is to stand trial for money laundering, tax evasion, and racketeering, though it's unclear how long that will take under Brazil's slow-moving justice system.

Brazilian and French authorities say Nuzman helped direct about $2 million to Papa Massata Diack to win votes to land the 2016 Olympics.

In the 2009 vote by the International Olympic Committee, Lamine Diack Papa Massata Diack's father - was a powerful International Olympic Committee member from Senegal with sway over Africa's voting bloc.

Rio's Olympics, although a sporting success, left behind a half-dozen empty sports venues. The subsequent Paralympic Games needed a government bailout to be staged just weeks after the Olympics ended.