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Warner not exempt from extradition despite victory

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By Carla Bridglal

The international press did not mince words but cut straight to the point when they described Jack Warner as they reported his victory at the polls Monday.

“A FORMER FIFA official accused of pocketing $462,000 of Australian football’s money has made a political comeback in the Caribbean”, The Australian wrote on Wednesday. 

Also on Wednesday, the Miami Herald took the liberty of noting that “Former international soccer powerbroker Jack Warner is proving that it will take more than a swirl of corruption and bribery allegations to keep him out of the political game.”

On the website of The Economist, a blogger started a post yesterday, “Abroad he is seen as part of the disreputable face of football. Jack Warner, a Trinidadian, long ran CONCACAF, the sport’s Caribbean and North and Central America branch, before stepping down in 2011 after several Caribbean delegates to FIFA, world football’s governing body (of which Mr Warner was a vice-president), were involved in a bribery scandal.”

And a Tennessee-based affiliate of American television station ABC ran a piece from the Associated Press written by veteran local journalist Tony Fraser on Tuesday that began, “Former international soccer official Jack Warner has made a political comeback in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago a few months after a regional sports group’s ethics panel accused him of enriching himself through fraud.”

Most of the reports recapped Warner’s colourful history as a CONCACAF/FIFA executive, including allegations of fraud and misappropriation of funds. 

These allegations culminated in April after a CONCACAF report by former Barbados chief justice Sir David Simmons about Warner’s wrongdoing, leading him, Warner, to resign his seat as Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West. 

After not being selected by his former party, the United National Congress, as its candidate for the necessary by-election, Warner, at the beginning of last month, formed his own political party, the Independent Liberal Party. 

And after a heated campaign period worthy of a full-fledged general election, Warner proved victorious with 69 per cent of the vote, ousting the UNC from what was one of its “safest” seats. 

But the Miami Herald reported the US Department of Justice says despite Warner’s victory in the polls, he is not exempt from extradition, quoting Peter Carr, a spokesman for the Department,  

But Carr declined to comment further saying Warner is the subject of a US probe, the Herald reported. 

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