'Overwhelming' body of evidence against Fifa's Bin Hammam
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Thursday 23 June 2011
Fifa's investigation into corruption claims made against Mohamed Bin Hammam, the man who sought to unseat Sepp Blatter as president, has concluded that there is "comprehensive and overwhelming" evidence against the Qatari.
The report also declares Jack Warner, who resigned from the world governing body earlier this week, "an accessory to corruption". The 17-page report, which was leaked to the Press Association, was delivered to Warner last week, three days before he resigned. It says that Bin Hammam did seek to bribe members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) to support his presidential candidacy and Warner facilitated his actions.
Bin Hammam and Warner were suspended when the allegations were made, the week before the election. Bin Hammam maintains his innocence. Fifa closed the case against Warner when he resigned. Damian Collins, the Conservative MP co-ordinating an international campaign by politicians for reform of Fifa, said: "This shows it was a big error of judgement by Sepp Blatter to call off the inquiry and cover this up."
The report states: "The comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming evidence permits to conclude prima facie that the accused [Warner] has initiated and arranged a special meeting of the CFU member associations for Mr Bin Hammam. Furthermore on the occasion of this meeting it seems Mr Bin Hammam offered, at least indirectly and under the pledge of secrecy, to each of the member associations an envelope containing $40,000."
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