Putin: FIFA-linked arrests are US attempt to thwart Blatter re-election
May 28, 2015 – rt.com
The FIFA-linked arrests on the eve of the re-election of the organization’s chief are an obvious attempt to thwart Sepp Blatter’s re-appointment, Vladimir Putin said, answering journalists’ questions. He added it’s another example of US meddling abroad.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the US could be selfishly motivated for its own gain, as was the case with Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
“Unfortunately our American partners are using these methods in order to achieve their own selfish gains and it is illegal to persecute people. I would not rule out that in regards to FIFA, the same thing could be happening, though I do not know how it will end,” he said.
“However, the fact that this is happening right on the eve of the FIFA presidential elections, gives one this exact impression.”
Putin added this is an obvious attempt to expand Washington’s jurisdiction in other countries.
“This is yet one more attempt to try and impose their law against other states. I am absolutely sure that this is an attempt to try and stop Blatter from being re-elected as FIFA president, which is a grave breach of the principles of a functioning international organization.”
He also said pressure had been applied on Blatter “to force him to take the 2018 World Cup from Russia.”
“We know his position – which has nothing to do with any kind of special relationship between Russia and FIFA – he thinks that sport and politics should be separate.”
“In terms of these arrests, it looks rather strange at the very least. These arrests took place at the request of the Americans and they were accused of corruption,” Putin told journalists, pointing out that that the accusations were being made against international officials.
“One could say that maybe someone might be guilty of something. I do not know this, but what I do know is that this has nothing to do with the USA,” he added. “They, these officials, are not citizens of the USA, and if something happened, it did not take place on the territory of the United States and the US has no business in this.”
Putin added that the “prosecutor of the United States, according to our mass media has already said that these FIFA committee members have committed a crime. This is almost as though the prosecutor doesn’t know of the rule ‘innocent until proven guilty’.”
“Whether the people are guilty or not, this should be decided in a court.”
The Russian president recalled the history surrounding the former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, who managed to leak documents surrounding the illegal actions of the USA across the world, which included creating secret surveillance programs to listen in on the conversations of world leaders.
“No one wants to give him the right to be accepted as an asylum seeker or to guarantee his safety. No one wants to get in a quarrel with their partners, with their more senior partners.”
Putin added that Assange’s case is also relevant.
“They are after him because he leaked information, which he received from US defense, which detailed the actions of the US army in the Middle East and in particular in Iraq.”
Putin Lashes U.S. on FIFA Probe as Russia Denies Wrongdoing
By Andrey BiryukovHenry MeyerIlya Arkhipov
May 27, 2015 – bloomberg.com
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. of using a corruption probe to try to block the re-election of FIFA chief Joseph “Sepp” Blatter for resisting attempts to remove Russia’s right to host the 2018 World Cup.
“At its root this has nothing to do with Russia,” said Sergei Markov, a Kremlin-linked political analyst. “This is about Washington taking control of FIFA.”
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$2.5 million bail for former National Security Minister on corruption charge
May 27, 2015 – guardian.co.tt
Warner appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.
He was represented by Fyard Hosein, Rishi Dass and Nyree Alfonso.
He was ordered to surrender his passport and report to the Arouca police station twice weekly. The matter was adjourned to July 9.
According to reports, Warner had earlier surrendered to officers attached to the Fraud Squad, after a provisional warrant was issued for his arrest on Wednesday.
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