Wembley chief subpoenaed in US

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Wembley's acting chief executive has been dragged into the bribery investigation dogging the gaming group after receiving a subpoena from the US attorney's office, The Independent has learnt.

Claes Hultman, who took over last month as chief executive after Nigel Potter quit to fight a $4.5m (£2.65m) bribery charge, has until 10 November to produce documents that could seal Mr Potter's fate.

The former chief executive was indicted along with Daniel Bucci, a fellow director, by Rhode Island police and the FBI for allegedly bribing officials in an attempt to expand the company's Lincoln Park gambling complex.

According to Mr Hultman's subpoena, issued earlier this month, the chairman must produce all documents referring to the company's attempts to install 1,300 extra video lottery terminals or slot machines. He must also produce copies of approved budgets for Lincoln Park and minutes of any board meetings relating to the American gambling operation.

Mr Hultman's lawyers have challenged the validity of the subpoena, arguing that the court lacks jurisdiction over a foreign national. They are to present their objections in a hearing tomorrow. Court papers show the lawyers acting for Mr Potter and Mr Bucci said producing the documents would "frustrate" their own efforts to prepare a defence. The pair has pleaded not guilty.

The Governor of Rhode Island, Donald Carcieri, has demanded that Wembley sells the Lincoln Park complex, which accounts for most of the group's profits.