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Bail Deal for Soccer Official Requires Home Detention, Electronic Monitor

  • Associated Press

FILE - The FIFA logo is fixed on a wall of the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

FILE - The FIFA logo is fixed on a wall of the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

A Guatemalan judge indicted in a probe of global soccer corruption must wear an electronic monitor and can't be more than 50 miles from the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, as part of a bail agreement set Thursday by a U.S. magistrate.

The bail agreement for Hector Trujillo also set his bond at $4 million. Trujillo's attorney said friends and relatives would be putting up cash and real estate properties as security for the bond.

Trujillo was general secretary of Guatemala's soccer federation at the time of his arrest last month. U.S. authorities took him into custody on a cruise ship docked in Florida waters.

He was among 16 men charged in an indictment that is part of a broad investigation into FIFA, the international soccer governing body, and he faces charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.

At the hearing in front of Magistrate Judge Ronald Levy, prosecutors initially said that while there was a bail agreement, they were concerned about whether the funds and properties being used to secure it were in place before Trujillo was allowed to be released.

Defense attorney Florian Miedel said arrangements were being made to get paperwork signed and money transfers made. "The issue is whether he should spend another day in jail,'' Miedel said.

Levy said that as long as it was clear the transfers had been sent, he was OK with letting Trujillo start his home detention, which Miedel said would be in New Jersey.

As part of the bail agreement, Trujillo can't associate with any of his co-defendents unless it's at a meeting with attorneys.

The indictment charged the men with bribes and kickbacks connected to international soccer matches.