Brazilian Olympics chief arrested in Rio

Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman arrested

Police said in a statement that Carlos Nuzman, 75, was arrested on suspicion of corruption, money laundering and criminal association.

Another senior Brazilian Olympics official, Leonardo Gryner, was also detained Thursday for allegedly making a deal with Diack to deposit money in his bank account the same week Rio was chosen for the games.

Local police took Carlos Nuzman in for questioning last month and raided his home, claiming he helped to arrange a $2 million bribe to win the 2016 games for Rio De Janeiro.

Nuzman sits in the back of a police auto.

"In the past 10-22 years of his presidency of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Nuzman increased his wealth by 457 percent, without a clear indication of [where this came from], as well as maintained a part of his wealth hidden in Switzerland", prosecutors said, according to the Financial Times. This operation with the participation of representatives from the French police and justice, including the famous judge anti-corruption Renaud Van Ruymbeke.

In a statement, the International Olympic Committee said it "takes note" of Nuzman's arrest and its chief ethics and compliance officer has asked the Brazilian authorities for more information so it can proceed with its own investigation.

Soares, known as "King Arthur", is accused of paying Cabral enormous bribes as a result of fraudulent construction contracts in the city.

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Rio prosecutors say they have new information conclusively showing how the payments were made. Tokyo eventually won the right to host in 2020 while the International Olympic Committee recently awarded the 2024 and 2028 editions to Paris and Los Angeles respectively.

Diack's International Olympic Committee membership was provisionally suspended a week after his arrest in France in November 2015 and he resigned the following day.

The investigation is part of an worldwide operation called "Unfair Play" in which investigators from Brazil, France and Antigua and Barbuda are cooperating.

Its chief ethics and compliance officer has asked Brazil for information to proceed with its own internal investigation, which was ongoing, the body said.

The IOC will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the IOC Ethics Commission.

The IOC investigation will be the first test of the newly elected members of the Ethics Commission including chair Ban Ki Moon.

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