US judge pushes sentencing of former CONCACAF chief Hawit back into 2018

Alfredo Hawit

October 9 – Former CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit has had his sentencing for his role in the FifaGate scandal delayed until March next year.

A judgement was due to have been made last Friday in New York in front of District Judge Pamela Chan but has been postponed until March 14, 2018, at the request of defence attorney Justin Weddler.

Hawit, a former FIFA vice-president who had briefly taken over from CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb when he was arrested by US authorities in Switzerland, was himself arrested, also in Switzerland by US authorities six months later in December 2015.

Hawit was acting as interim president of CONCACAF. The second time he had done so after having filled the position after Jack Warner was forced to stand down in 2011over the cash-for-votes scandal. Warner is still fighting extradition from Trinidad and Tobago to the US, a battle that he now looks to be losing following a ruling in Trinidad that his extradition would be legal.

Hawit has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

He admitted to having received “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in bribes from two sports marketing companies seeking media rights for matches and tournaments including 2014, 2018, and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Initially, after being arrested in December, 2015, the Honduran pleaded not guilty but like others caught up in football’s most notorious corruption scandal, later changed his plea and was extradited to the US.

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