He former FIFA vice president Jack Warner (1997-2011), accused of corruption by the American justice that demands his extradition, was sentenced to pay more than $220,000 to the businessman from Trinidad and Tobago Krishna Lalla for damages.
The Court “orders the defenders (Warner and two partners) to reimburse the plaintiff the sum of 1,505,493 Trinidadian dollars (just over 220,000 US dollars), as well as interest” since 2018, according to the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeals in Trinidad and Tobago.
Businessman Krishna Lalla had lent 1.5 million in 2007 of Trinidadian dollars to Warnerdisqualified for life by the FIFAfor your Joao Havelange football academynamed after the former Brazilian president of the FIFA.
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Warner, also former minister of Works and Transportation Trinidad and Tobago and former parliamentarian, had promised to repay the sum with a grant of 10 million Trinidad dollars that he intended to receive from FIFA, Lalla declared.
Warner's lawyers argued that this amount was actually a “gift” disguised as a Commercial transaction to help the political party United National Congress (UNC), to which the former vice president of the FIFAin the 2007 general elections, in which it did not win a majority of seats in Parliament.
The soccer academy, which includes fields, hotel, conference center, classrooms, swimming pool and gym, was inaugurated in 1999.
With information from AFP.
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