El Salvador’s Vasquez escapes extradition but gets 8 year sentence at home

March 7 – The former president of El Salvador’s football federation (FESFUT), who is wanted in the United States for alleged corruption, has been sentenced to eight years in jail for labour fraud.

Reynaldo Vasquez, head of FESFUT between 2009 and 2010, was found guilty of improperly appropriating insurance discounts, provisions and union dues from 204 workers of a family-owned bed-manufacturing company between 2012 and 2014, the attorney general’s office said.

“It’s a big surprise, it is not based on law,” Vasquez said at the courthouse after being sentenced. He intends to appeal both against the jail term and the S$400,000 he was ordered to pay.

Vasquez has had an extradition order to the United States since 2015 for his alleged involvement in five cases of bribery linked to commercial deals for the broadcasting of qualifiers for the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. He is among 16 individuals indicted by US prosecutors in football’s global corruption scandal.

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