UPDATE: MAY 28, 2015 Jack leaves prison in an ambulance
JACK Warner, who woke on Wednesday as a free man, but went to sleep accused and imprisoned, was able to make bail this afternoon, and leave the Frederick Street prison in Port of Spain. He left in a prison ambulance.
- Police have an arrest warrant for Jack
- US makes extradition request for Warner
- Darian and Darryl Warner plead guilty
- FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted
$2.5 Million Bail but Warner Remains in Custody
By Rickie Ramdass
May 27, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com
JACK Warner was this afternoon granted $2.5 million bail but has failed to secure his release. In addiiton, his attorney were unable to secure an emergency sitting of a judge in the High Court, to consider his bail application. Warner is now at an unknown location. It is uncertain whether he will spend the night at the Maximum Security Prison, Arouca, or at a police station.
Warner appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, charged with 12 offences related to racketeering, corruption and money laundering allegedly committed in the jurisdiction of the United States.
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Update: WARNER IN COURT
By Richard Charan
May 27, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com
Jack Warner was this afternoon brought before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar. He arrived at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court at around 3.40p.m. An hour before, Warner surrendered to police officers at the Fraud Squad, Police Headquarters, Port of Spain. He came following news that police had obtained a warrant for his arrest.
For the past year, the Central Authority Unit of the Ministry of the Attorney General has been working with the United States Department of Justice, regarding the criminal indictment against Jack Warner. This according to AG Garvin Nicholas, who said that police now have an arrest warrant for Warner.
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Police have an arrest warrant for Jack
By Richard Charan
May 27, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com
In a statement issued by the Office of the Attorney General this afternoon, it was confirmed that the US formally requested the assistance of the Central Authority for the issuing of a Provisional Arrest Warrant for Warner, pending the commencement of extradition proceedings.
FOR the past year, the Central Authority Unit of the Ministry of the Attorney General has been working with the United States Department of Justice, regarding the criminal indictment against Jack Warner. This according to AG Garvin Nicholas, who said that police now have an arrest warrant for Warner.
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US makes extradition request for Warner
By Susan Mohammed
May 27, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com
ATTORNEY GENERAL Garvin Nicholas has confirmed that he met this morning with United States authorities who are [in] Trinidad to extradite Jack Warner back to the US, to face charges of racketeering, money laundering and corruption.
Nicholas said he did not have time to peruse the documents which he described as “bulky”.
He confirmed that US officials met with the Central Authority this morning to make an official request to have Warner extradited.
“The normal process for extradition would be that an application is made through the Central Authority and it is processed in that way. I can tell you that an application has been made and therefore the normal process has been triggered and it is taking its course”, said the attorney general. Nicholas explained that the length of time that an extradition takes place is determined by many factors.
“Since I have been AG, for example, were have dealt with four extraditions and they have been relatively simple to deal with. Because many of the accused actually pleased guilty to the offences, or should I say they acquiesced to the request. And putting the paper work in place was not terribly difficult. And we have done that for accused both going to the United States of America and to the United Kingdom”, said Nicholas.
He said he will consult with the Central Authority on how to proceed with the extradition. He assured that the application to have Warner extradited will be treated just like every other request.
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‘This really is a World Cup of fraud and today we are issuing FIFA a red card’: US investigators reveal ‘widespread corruption and hidden accounts with tens of millions held by football body’s officials’
- Officials reveal allegations of ‘rampant’ corruption dating back decades
- Found ‘millions of dollars in untaxed incomes and in offshore accounts’
- Prosecutor: ‘They corrupted soccer to enrich themselves year after year’
- Seven FIFA officials arrested at five-star hotel in Zurich in dawn raids
- Face accusations of bribery totalling more than £100m over past 25 years
Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption
By US Department of Justice
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Defendants Include Two Current FIFA Vice Presidents and the Current and Former Presidents of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF); Seven Defendants Arrested Overseas; Guilty Pleas for Four Individual Defendants and Two Corporate Defendants Also Unsealed
WASHINGTON – A 47-count indictment was unsealed early this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. The guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were also unsealed today.
The defendants charged in the indictment include high-ranking officials of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the organization responsible for the regulation and promotion of soccer worldwide, as well as leading officials of other soccer governing bodies that operate under the FIFA umbrella. Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner – the current and former presidents of CONCACAF, the continental confederation under FIFA headquartered in the United States – are among the soccer officials charged with racketeering and bribery offenses. The defendants also include U.S. and South American sports marketing executives who are alleged to have systematically paid and agreed to pay well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to obtain lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments.
The charges were announced by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Acting U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie of the Eastern District of New York, Director James B. Comey of the FBI, Assistant Director in Charge Diego W. Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York Field Office, Chief Richard Weber of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez of the IRS-CI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
Also earlier this morning, Swiss authorities in Zurich arrested seven of the defendants charged in the indictment, the defendants Jeffrey Webb, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel, and José Maria Marin, at the request of the United States. Also this morning, a search warrant is being executed at CONCACAF headquarters in Miami, Florida.
The guilty pleas of the four individual and two corporate defendants that were also unsealed today include the guilty pleas of Charles Blazer, the long-serving former general secretary of CONCACAF and former U.S. representative on the FIFA executive committee; José Hawilla, the owner and founder of the Traffic Group, a multinational sports marketing conglomerate headquartered in Brazil; and two of Hawilla’s companies, Traffic Sports International Inc. and Traffic Sports USA Inc., which is based in Florida.
“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States,” said Attorney General Lynch. “It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. And it has profoundly harmed a multitude of victims, from the youth leagues and developing countries that should benefit from the revenue generated by the commercial rights these organizations hold, to the fans at home and throughout the world whose support for the game makes those rights valuable. Today’s action makes clear that this Department of Justice intends to end any such corrupt practices, to root out misconduct, and to bring wrongdoers to justice – and we look forward to continuing to work with other countries in this effort.”
Attorney General Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the authorities of the government of Switzerland, as well as several other international partners, for their outstanding assistance in this investigation.
“Today’s announcement should send a message that enough is enough,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Currie. “After decades of what the indictment alleges to be brazen corruption, organized international soccer needs a new start – a new chance for its governing institutions to provide honest oversight and support of a sport that is beloved across the world, increasingly so here in the United States. Let me be clear: this indictment is not the final chapter in our investigation.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Currie extended his thanks to the agents, analysts and other investigative personnel with the FBI New York Eurasian Joint Organized Crime Squad and the IRS-CI Los Angeles Field Office, as well as their colleagues abroad, for their tremendous effort in this case.
“As charged in the indictment, the defendants fostered a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world,” said Director Comey. “Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks, and bribes became a way of doing business at FIFA. I want to commend the investigators and prosecutors around the world who have pursued this case so diligently, for so many years.”
“When leaders in an organization resort to cheating the very members that they are supposed to represent, they must be held accountable,” said Chief Weber. “Corruption, tax evasion and money laundering are certainly not the cornerstones of any successful business. Whether you call it soccer or football, the fans, players and sponsors around the world who love this game should not have to worry about officials corrupting their sport. This case isn’t about soccer, it is about fairness and following the law. IRS-CI will continue to investigate financial crimes and follow the money wherever it may lead around the world, leveling the playing field for those who obey the law.”
The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
FIFA is composed of 209 member associations, each representing organized soccer in a particular nation or territory, including the United States and four of its overseas territories. FIFA also recognizes six continental confederations that assist it in governing soccer in different regions of the world. The U.S. Soccer Federation is one of 41 member associations of the confederation known as CONCACAF, which has been headquartered in the United States throughout the period charged in the indictment. The South American confederation, called CONMEBOL, is also a focus of the indictment.
As alleged in the indictment, FIFA and its six continental confederations, together with affiliated regional federations, national member associations and sports marketing companies, constitute an enterprise of legal entities associated in fact for purposes of the federal racketeering laws. The principal – and entirely legitimate – purpose of the enterprise is to regulate and promote the sport of soccer worldwide.
As alleged in the indictment, one key way the enterprise derives revenue is to commercialize the media and marketing rights associated with soccer events and tournaments. The organizing entity that owns those rights – as FIFA and CONCACAF do with respect to the World Cup and Gold Cup, their respective flagship tournaments – sells them to sports marketing companies, often through multi-year contracts covering multiple editions of the tournaments. The sports marketing companies, in turn, sell the rights downstream to TV and radio broadcast networks, major corporate sponsors and other sub-licensees who want to broadcast the matches or promote their brands. The revenue generated from these contracts is substantial: according to FIFA, 70% of its $5.7 billion in total revenues between 2011 and 2014 was attributable to the sale of TV and marketing rights to the 2014 World Cup.
The Racketeering Conspiracy
The indictment alleges that, between 1991 and the present, the defendants and their co-conspirators corrupted the enterprise by engaging in various criminal activities, including fraud, bribery and money laundering. Two generations of soccer officials abused their positions of trust for personal gain, frequently through an alliance with unscrupulous sports marketing executives who shut out competitors and kept highly lucrative contracts for themselves through the systematic payment of bribes and kickbacks. All told, the soccer officials are charged with conspiring to solicit and receive well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for their official support of the sports marketing executives who agreed to make the unlawful payments.
Most of the schemes alleged in the indictment relate to the solicitation and receipt of bribes and kickbacks by soccer officials from sports marketing executives in connection with the commercialization of the media and marketing rights associated with various soccer matches and tournaments, including FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the CONCACAF region, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the CONCACAF Champions League, the jointly organized CONMEBOL/CONCACAF Copa América Centenario, the CONMEBOL Copa América, the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores and the Copa do Brasil, which is organized by the Brazilian national soccer federation (CBF). Other alleged schemes relate to the payment and receipt of bribes and kickbacks in connection with the sponsorship of CBF by a major U.S. sportswear company, the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup and the 2011 FIFA presidential election.
The Indicted Defendants
As set forth in the indictment, the defendants and their co-conspirators fall generally into three categories: soccer officials acting in a fiduciary capacity within FIFA and one or more of its constituent organizations; sports media and marketing company executives; and businessmen, bankers and other trusted intermediaries who laundered illicit payments.
Nine of the defendants were FIFA officials by operation of the FIFA statutes, as well as officials of one or more other bodies:
Jeffrey Webb: Current FIFA vice president and executive committee member, CONCACAF president, Caribbean Football Union (CFU) executive committee member and Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president.
Eduardo Li: Current FIFA executive committee member-elect, CONCACAF executive committee member and Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUT) president.
Julio Rocha: Current FIFA development officer. Former Central American Football Union (UNCAF) president and Nicaraguan soccer federation (FENIFUT) president.
Costas Takkas: Current attaché to the CONCACAF president. Former CIFA general secretary.
Jack Warner: Former FIFA vice president and executive committee member, CONCACAF president, CFU president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special adviser.
Eugenio Figueredo: Current FIFA vice president and executive committee member. Former CONMEBOL president and Uruguayan soccer federation (AUF) president.
Rafael Esquivel: Current CONMEBOL executive committee member and Venezuelan soccer federation (FVF) president.
José Maria Marin: Current member of the FIFA organizing committee for the Olympic football tournaments. Former CBF president.
Nicolás Leoz: Former FIFA executive committee member and CONMEBOL president.
Four of the defendants were sports marketing executives:
Alejandro Burzaco: Controlling principal of Torneos y Competencias S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.
Aaron Davidson: President of Traffic Sports USA Inc. (Traffic USA).
Hugo and Mariano Jinkis: Controlling principals of Full Play Group S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.
And one of the defendants was in the broadcasting business but allegedly served as an intermediary to facilitate illicit payments between sports marketing executives and soccer officials:
José Margulies: Controlling principal of Valente Corp. and Somerton Ltd.
The Convicted Individuals and Corporations
The following individuals and corporations previously pleaded guilty under seal:
On July 15, 2013, the defendant Daryll Warner, son of defendant Jack Warner and a former FIFA development officer, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging him with wire fraud and the structuring of financial transactions.
On Oct. 25, 2013, the defendant Daryan Warner waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a three-count information charging him with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and the structuring of financial transactions. Daryan Warner forfeited over $1.1 million around the time of his plea and has agreed to pay a second forfeiture money judgment at the time of sentencing.
On Nov. 25, 2013, the defendant Charles Blazer, the former CONCACAF general secretary and a former FIFA executive committee member, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a 10-count information charging him with racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, income tax evasion and failure to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). Blazer forfeited over $1.9 million at the time of his plea and has agreed to pay a second amount to be determined at the time of sentencing.
On Dec. 12, 2014, the defendant José Hawilla, the owner and founder of the Traffic Group, the Brazilian sports marketing conglomerate, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a four-count information charging him with racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Hawilla also agreed to forfeit over $151 million, $25 million of which was paid at the time of his plea.
On May 14, 2015, the defendants Traffic Sports USA Inc. and Traffic Sports International Inc. pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy.
All money forfeited by the defendants is being held in reserve to ensure its availability to satisfy any order of restitution entered at sentencing for the benefit of any individuals or entities that qualify as victims of the defendants’ crimes under federal law.
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The indictment unsealed today has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the Eastern District of New York.
The indicted and convicted individual defendants face maximum terms of incarceration of 20 years for the RICO conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice charges. In addition, Eugenio Figueredo faces a maximum term of incarceration of 10 years for a charge of naturalization fraud and could have his U.S. citizenship revoked. He also faces a maximum term of incarceration of five years for each tax charge. Charles Blazer faces a maximum term of incarceration of 10 years for the FBAR charge and five years for the tax evasion charges; and Daryan and Daryll Warner face maximum terms of incarceration of 10 years for structuring financial transactions to evade currency reporting requirements. Each individual defendant also faces mandatory restitution, forfeiture and a fine. By the terms of their plea agreements, the corporate defendants face fines of $500,000 and one year of probation.
The government’s investigation is ongoing.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Evan M. Norris, Amanda Hector, Darren A. LaVerne, Samuel P. Nitze, Keith D. Edelman and Brian D. Morris of the Eastern District of New York, with assistance provided by the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and Organized Crime and Gang Section.
The Indicted Defendants:
Nationality: USA, Uruguay
Nationality: Costa Rica
JOSÉ MARGULIES, also known as José Lazaro
JOSÉ MARIA MARIN
Nationality: United Kingdom
Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago
Nationality: Cayman Islands
The Convicted Defendants:
Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada
Nationality: USA, Trinidad and Tobago
TRAFFIC SPORTS INTERNATIONAL INC.
Registered: British Virgin Islands
TRAFFIC SPORTS USA INC.
E.D.N.Y. Docket Numbers:
United States v. Daryll Warner, 13 Cr. 402 (WFK)
United States v. Daryan Warner, 13 Cr. 584 (WFK)
United States v. Charles Blazer, 13 Cr. 602 (RJD)
United States v. José Hawilla, 14 Cr. 609 (RJD)
United States v. Traffic Sports International, Inc., 14 Cr. 609 (RJD)
United States v. Traffic Sports USA, Inc., 14 Cr. 609 (RJD)
United States v. Jeffrey Webb et al., 15 Cr. 252 (RJD)
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Jeffrey Webb, Sepp Blatter’s Heir Apparent, Snared in FIFA Probe
Jeffrey Webb, a lawyer seen as a future leader of soccer’s global ruling body was among the targets of Wednesday’s anti-corruption raids.
The 50-year-old, from the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman, has been tipped by FIFA president Sepp Blatter as his future replacement. He also serves as a vice president of FIFA and president of continental governing body CONCACAF.
He was responsible for the launch of an integrity probe into his predecessor, Jack Warner, who was among the 13 others to be indicated by federal prosecutors. That inquiry concluded that there had been serious managerial failings and that millions of dollars of funding had been misused.
FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Face Extradition to U.S.
By Matt Apuzzo, Michael S. Schmidt, William K. Rashbaum and Sam Borden
May 27, 2015 – msn.com
URICH — Swiss authorities began an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.
As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich.
The officers went to the registration desk to get keys, then headed upstairs toward the hotel rooms.
The charges allege widespread corruption in FIFA over the past two decades, involving bids for World Cups as well as marketing and broadcast deals, according to three law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the case. The charges include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering, and officials said they targeted members of FIFA’s powerful executive committee, which wields enormous power and does its business largely in secret.
The arrests were a startling blow to FIFA, a multibillion-dollar organization that governs the world’s most popular sport but has been plagued by accusations of bribery for decades.
The inquiry is also a major threat to Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president who is generally recognized as the most powerful person in sports, though he was not charged. An election, seemingly pre-ordained to give him a fifth term as president, is scheduled for Friday.
Prosecutors planned to unseal an indictment against more than 10 officials, not all of whom are in Zurich, law enforcement officials said. Among them are Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands, a vice president of the executive committee; Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay, who is also an executive committee vice president and until recently was the president of South America’s soccer association; and Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, a former member of the executive committee who has been accused of numerous ethical violations.
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Panday on Warner’s indictment: An example of T&T’s decline
Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday says that the criminal indictments against former FIFA Vice President and political Leader of the Independent Liberal Party Jack Warner, only increases the negative opinion that the world has of Trinidad and Tobago, which has been in decline since 2010.
Jack speaks – I am innocent
Political Leader of the Independent Liberal Party Jack Warner has spoken up in response to international news reports that he has been named as one of the people being sought by police in connection with corruption allegations linked to FIFA. The following is his statement:
My attention has been drawn to certain developments in world football which started several hours ago and is at the present time still ongoing.
Jack Warner speaks to Fazeer Mohammed on indictments
It has been reported that a number of FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland and that at least one raid conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigators in Miami is being executed at what I presume to be CONCACAF offices.
My name is being reported by international media as being one of those persons sought in connection with the probe.
The people of Trinidad and Tobago will know that I quit FIFA and international football more than four years ago and that over the past several years I have recommitted my life to the work of improving the lot of every citizen of every creed and race in this nation. This is where I have let my bucket down.
I have fought fearlessly against all forms of injustice and corruption.
I have been afforded no due process and I have not even been questioned in this matter. I reiterate that I am innocent of any charges. I have walked away from the politics of world football to immerse myself in the improvement of lives in this country where I shall, God willing, die.
The actions of FIFA no longer concern me. I cannot help but note however that these cross- border coordinated actions come at a time when FIFA is assembled for elections to select a President who is universally disliked by the international community. At times such as this it is my experience that the large world powers typically take actions to affect world football. World football is an enormous international business.
That is no longer my concern. My sole focus at this stage of my life is on the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Darian and Darryl Warner plead guilty
Jack Warner said this morning that he only knew that the US Justice Department was looking to arrest him, by following the international new reports regarding a series of arrest which took place in Switzerland overnight. Acting Commisisoner of Polcie Stephen Williams also said he knew nothing of an indictment or arrest warrant related to Warner.
In a statement issued on the matter, Warner made no mention of his son, Daryll and Daryan who, almost two years ago, cooperated with US investigators and pleaded guilty to a series of charges.
Seeing this is a long investigation, my hope with extradition treaties with the US that Warner will be sent quickly to save the nation reputation. Let me say I have visited the U.S. Jail to meet a prisoner, as you enter and the gates are locked this sinking feeling occurs “man I have lost all my freedom”. They are in charge, not a nice feeling even for a visitor. You don’t want to get in there and the punishment is very severe. Warner could be spending the rest of his life in there.
I think the right think for Warner to do is to resign from his seat in Chaguanas West, he will be doing the Parliament a favor. Anil stepped down once the investigation into Life Sportt started.
AND WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT ISH AND STEVE? AND OF COURSE JAW EARNINGS FROM FIFA THAT FINANCED THE UNC. I GUESS WE SHOULD TURN A BLIND EYE ON THAT. YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER SET OF SICKOS THIS WORLD CAN DO WITHOUT.
All cases are individualist in nature we can’t talk about Ish and Steve along with Warner. Warner has proclaimed his innocence and must be cleared to go to answer those charges quickly. Meanwhile Panday and Ramesh could manage the ILP until he returns whenever that may be…. I think the FBI has been working on this file for the past 10 years….
IS IS NOT IRONIC THAT THEY PUT A BLACK (UNCLE TOMER) AS PRESIDENT WITH A BLACK ATTORNEY GENERAL TO GO AFTER BLACK PERSONS OF OTHER COUNTRIES? WELL NOW WAS IT NOT AMOCO WHO STOLE 600 BILLION USD AS DISCLOSED BY THE IMF FROM TRINIDAD IN THE 70s. THERE WERE CORRUPT TRINIDAD MINISTERS IN THAT ONE,… WITH ONE OF THEM THAT BUILT TOWERS OF BUILDINGS IN SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO, CANADA AND GOT AWAY “SCOTCH FREE”. OF COURSE THEIR WHITES STOLE OUR MONEY AND LEFT MOST OF US POOR AND HUNGRY. I HAVE LITTLE SORROWS FOR WHAT WHITE USA WILL SUFFER AT THE HANDS OF GOD. THEIR DOWNFALL WILL COME AND SOON.
There is a long list of Syrians and white folks dreaming of a return to the PNM, they miss the days of over budget and delays. Here is just one instance:However, Government’s intervention into the CLICO fiasco has cost taxpayers more than $25 billion.The bailout plan rolled out by the government for policyholders of troubled Trinidad and Tobago-based insurer CLICO is expected to cost TT$500mn (US$78.7mn) annually for the next 20 years, the equivalent of 1% of the country’s GDP, local daily The Trinidad Guardian reported
I am amused by the stupidity of this comment. But,it’s Jerry Lewis Insane, so what do you expect.
You’re done, Blatter: Thanks, America for finally taking down the corrupt, poisonous toad of FIFA who’s been sucking the life out of football for years
By Piers Morgan for MailOnline
I had tears in my eyes this morning when news broke of the arrests of seven top FIFA executives. Not from misery. But from laughter at the suggestion from certain quarters that this is a ‘sad day for football’. I can’t think of a BETTER day for football – that’s soccer to you Americans – in my entire 45 years of watching and loving the game. Because make no mistake, this is the day that signifies the beginning of the end of the despicable, despotic reign of FIFA’s President, Sepp Blatter.
Some of those arrested today have been Blatter’s closest FIFA allies – including Jeffrey Webb, vice president of the executive committee, and former vice president Jack Warner, the man Blatter once described as the best ambassador in the world.
An old blog from July 6, 2011 that seems to be on point:
As usual a good article from Dr. Cudjoe, that comes from a warm place and a good heart. Compassion is a commendable thing. But true compassion must also involve sometimes saying to a brother that which they will not want to hear.
There is no man that doeth good and sinneth not (Ecclesiastes 7:20). The converse may or may not also be true, but for sure there are many that sin, who also doeth good, for example Dudus Coke, Pablo Escobar, and of course, Robin Hood.
So by all means our brother Jack Warner is deserving of the love and commendation of his brethren, and there is none among us with the right to condemn, or even to judge. That is a matter between him and a perfectly just God.
Nevertheless, Yahweh’s word is like a hammer that breaks rock into small pieces (Jeremiah 23:29), and scripture indicts and convicts the wicked, while showing us the way we should go. Does the following apply to Jack?
… he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
Not even Jack may know (for the wicked justify themselves in their own eyes), rather only God.
What I do know is that Jack is an Israelite, either of the blood or of the Covenant, whether he knows it or not. (The reason is that we, the descendants of the victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade fulfill all of the curses (Deuteronomy 28:15-68) that were to befall the scattered children of Israel (v. 64) and that were to serve as a sign (v. 46) to help us, and the world, identify us in the latter day.)
Therefore, it is for sure the case that Jack is bound by the Holy Covenant, and is in violation of same, to the extent he worships the gods of the Hindu. That dispensation may apply to them, but it certainly does not apply to we who are of the house of Israel.
Therefore I can state with the confidence of a prophet, that Jack will come to no good end, unless, lost sheep that he is, he finds his way back to the flock. And no, this has nothing in essence to do with politics. Rather, I allude to the scripture that foretells the fate of idolatrous Israelites:
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone …
Again, I do not judge, rather only follow the inescapable logic of Yahweh’s word to his children.
Neither is it for me to condemn. Condemnation to the lake of fire is only a foregone conclusion if there is no repentance. Yahweh promises that his mercy and forgiveness will be abundantly given to all who repent (and make amends).
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
So there is ample opportunity for Jack, as for the rest of us sinners, to get right with Yahweh before His return, now imminent.
This is not a Xtian message, for Xtianity also is caught up in various idolatries of its own. Neither is it a matter of creed, for Yahweh handed down a Law, not a creed, and he bound the children of Israel to a Covenant, within which there is no opt-out clause. Anyone who has not studied scripture is in no position to dismiss it as myth or fable. Rather those who do study scripture, and with proper understanding, would stand in awe, for prophecy has unfolded and is unfolding exactly as Yahweh has let us know through his prophets.
If one understands the itself corrupt forfeiture laws of the U.S., and the probable unconstitutionality of the federal financial offense known as “structuring”, one can see straightaway that this is a case of the bigger crook going after the little 3rd-world crooks who were engaging in corruption, without a “license” from the bigger crooks…
Jack Warner has my prayers. In victory sometimes lies defeat. For what does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul. Conversely, in defeat often lies victory. Sometimes the soul, and paradise, may be regained. That is my prayer for Jack Warner.
Jack has always demonstrated love and compassion to all the people of T&T.
We wish him the best.
When a son of the soil is reigned in, in this case by the US and Swiss authorities it becomes a tragedy for the whole of T&T. Corruption at FIFA was taking place well before Jack entered the hierarchy but appears to have escalated when he assumed authority at FIFA. Blatter referred to him as the ‘ambassador of the world’. The question arises how is it Blatter can be the head of such a corrupt organization and remains untouchable but in this instance one man picture seems to be flashing across TV screens worldwide and that is JW? If indeed JW did wrong then he must face the consequences but one thing is for certain he was and still is an obedient servant of all people in T&T.
Not so fast!!! REMEMBER!! What happened to the extradition of the other two guys. Wrong doing is wrong doing!!
ONLY GOD KNOWS!!
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