Brazilian Olympic chief arrested on bribery and fraud charges

Leonardo Gryner director-general of operations for Rio 2016 Organising Committee has also been arrested

Leonardo Gryner director-general of operations for Rio 2016 Organising Committee has also been arrested

The head of the Brazilian National Olympic Committee has been accused of bribing members of the International Olympic Committee.

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

The officers also arrested the Rio 2016 committee's chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner, according to an AFP photographer.

Brazil's Federal Police arrested Thursday morning, Carlos Arthur Nuzman the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), and the general director of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Leonardo Gryner.

Nuzman appeared relaxed and chatted with the agents as he entered the police station. "For example, he only declared 16 bars of gold, each weighing one kilogramme... on September 20, 2017, after the start of Operation Unfair Play".

Marcelo Bretas, the federal judge who issued the arrest warrant, said that new evidence indicated Nuzman's role in the alleged vote buying scheme was "more relevant" than previously believed.

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Nuzman and Leonardo Gryner, another Rio Olympics official taken into custody, have been swept up in allegations that $2 million was funneled to former International Olympic Committee member Lamine Diack in exchange for securing votes that helped Rio outpace Madrid for the 2016 Games.

Bretas said that Nuzman's wealth increased roughly four-fold between 2006 and 2016.

Thursday's operation in Rio was dubbed "Unfair Play - Second Half". "It is a hard and unusual measure in due process".

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 IOC's Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer has asked the Brazilian authorities for full information in order to proceed with the IOC's investigation, and has offered the IOC's full cooperation.

"Given the new facts, the IOC Ethics Commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr. Nuzman's right to be heard", the IOC said, without detailing the measures. "It also reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails". Although the alleged vote buying comes before the 2014 Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, the scheme came less than 10 years after the IOC undertook major reforms in 2000 in wake of the Salt Lake City bribery scandal.

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