Putin Lashes U.S. on FIFA Probe

Putin: FIFA-linked arrests are US attempt to thwart Blatter re-election

May 28, 2015 – rt.com

Vladimir PutinThe 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.”

Source: http://rt.com/news/262669-putin-interview-fifa-arrests/

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Putin Lashes U.S. on FIFA Probe as Russia Denies Wrongdoing

By Andrey BiryukovHenry MeyerIlya Arkhipov
May 27, 2015 – bloomberg.com

FIFARussian 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.”
Full Article : bloomberg.com

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$2.5 million bail for former National Security Minister on corruption charge

May 27, 2015 – guardian.co.tt

Jack WarnerFomer Minister of National Security Jack Warner was granted $2.5m bail on 12 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

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.
Full Article : guardian.co.tt

19 Responses to “Putin Lashes U.S. on FIFA Probe”


  • Anxious time ahead for Jack
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  • Jerry C. Hussain

    Why America do not go after England for the same fraud re World Cup efforts?

    • It is interesting how many on this blog who make corruption accusations every day and who rant and rave against corruption in government are willing to tolerate Jack’s alleged FIFA theft. These hypocrites even criticize the US for its determination to clean up FIFA.

  • We complain because is we money allyuh tiefing.

  • Having regards to Jack Warner’s funding of Kamla’s 2010 election
    to office, there is absolutely no doubt that she was well aware
    of his pending problems with FIFA, she needs to be careful and
    although “shame” is not part of her persons she needs to remember
    that Trinis are not as dumb as she thinks.

    By the way, what has become of the USA vs Trinidad & Tobago some
    years ago and the allegations that T&T lost was fixed and compensated by Donald Trump’s staging Ms.Universe pageant in T&T?
    we are really on the map at this time.

  • Kian if you recall when the FIFA scandal first broke a couple of years ago and Warner was still on the plantation carrying out his political slave labor for the Queen, her two overseers Mamoo and TMAN were in his corner defending him. Now that he has fled the plantation, has become a runaway, obviously they are doing what overseers traditionally does, hunting him down in a manner of speaking.

    Jack perfected his corruption skills under expert tutelage. Unfortunately the protection he had in T&T when he was on the plantation did not extend beyond our shores. And so he came a crupper.

    Time soon come when the kleptocrats will caught in the net of justice, and no cyber propaganda will be able to save them. I tell ya Kian, I look at what happened in Guyana, how the thieves over there are running around like fowls after their heads have been severed, shouting “we wuz robbed, we wuz robbed”, while the international observers look at them pitifully and begin to grasp the utter caricature that was in Governance in our main land neighbor for about 20 years. Time soon, yeah, time soon come.

    • You are absolutely correct Rodwell. It was this same TMan and this same Mamoo who defended that corrupt and no-good AG
      Anand Ramlogan, who used tax payers money to defend Jack Warner’s appointment in the Cabinet. It was also the same Keith Rowley, who the UNC is fond of saying that he shows no sign of leadership, that counseled Kamla and the UNC that this unfortunate deed was going to happen. He said then, that he had nothing personal against Jack but, to put him into the Cabinet, was not good for Trinidad and Tobago, worse to have him as acting Prime Minister was NOT a good idea. Ramlogan got the best lawyers that money can buy, such as Lionel Luckhoo, Fenton Ramsahoye, Martineau and others to affirm that this appointment was valid. As a keen politician and exceptional leader Rowley knew beforehand that it was not going to look good for Trinidad and Tobago. But Kamla, Anand, TMan and Mamoo, chastised everyone of us who saw it differently. Today, they are still trying to tell us that Kamla is a good leader and Rowley is not. The problem is that they have NO SHAME! THEY WILL TELL LIES AND FORGET THAT THEY TELL LIES, OR MAYBE THEY WILL IGNORE THE LIES THEY TELL ONLY TO TELL ANOTHER LIE. That is the kind of leadership we are seeing in Trinidad today. From 2010 to 2015, any infant just born KNOWS that Jack Warner funded and promoted Kamla and the UNC’s rise to power. Now, for the very first time that lying woman comes out and denies it all! What a liar she is and a shameless one at that! She must understand that the holes, that she is digging for others is the same ones she will have to step in. The law of nature never changes and Kamla’s demise will be the result of that law. LIARS!

      • It’s not the heart that compels conclusions in cases, it’s the law.
        Sonia Sotomayor

      • Have you noticed that Rowley stated that the new PNM government if elected would not attempt to investigate or pursue corruption allegedly committed by the PP.
        Rowley is fully aware that corruption allegations against individual members of government are carefully crafted rumors as part of the election strategy of the PNM.
        Whenever he is challenged to provide the evidence, he comes up empty…..well except for the famous emails!
        There is no doubt that public servants and some State Board officials have been involved in certain matters. But can the PP government be directly held accountable?

        • It would be foolish to answer such questions because we are dealing in semantics, not substance. Any government, whether Rowley or anyone else must deal with substance when discovered.

  • The crime involves moving money through the banking system of the USA. Those monies used to pay off official that does not go through the banking system of the USA would be exempt.

    What this highlights is that the international money transfers should not involve the banking system of the USA. Use European or Asia banks with no connections to the US banks.

  • An abuse of the words of an esteemed jurist to cover up blatant hypocrisy.

    Kian Guyana and T&T are twin repositories of people for whom mendacity is pathological. In defense of a way of life they yearn to be replicated in these parts, they will say and do anything. But time soon come my friend, time soon come. It has come for Guyana, and it will come for our dear twin island republic.

  • The economist emphasized that as the new administration pursues good governance initiatives, special attention must be given to recovering stolen public assets “which occurred during the 23-year rule of the PPP.”

    Dr. Thomas estimated that size of the pool of potentially stolen public funds derived from independent sources is quite large. It can range from $333 billion to $340 billion thus making even a modest recovery of some of this worthwhile.

    He said that corruption in Guyana, like elsewhere, is a major driver of income, wealth, inequality and poverty. With this in mind, he said the recovery of stolen public assets is a daunting endeavor and should not be undertaken lightly. He said that it requires an enormous commitment of political will as well as industry on the part of those entrusted with this task.
    The economist said that the recovery initiative must be guided by four economic realities.

    He said that any investment that Guyana makes in such an initiative is simultaneously an investment in recovery and prevention.

    http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/05/30/recovering-stolen-public-assets-apnuafc-must-prevent-future-exposure-to-corruption-dr-clive-thomas/

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