January 17 – The preventive detention of Sandro Rosell, the former Barcelona strongman who is accused of money laundering related to television rights and sponsorship of the Brazilian national football team, is the longest in Spanish judicial history for an alleged economic crime according to local reports.
Rosell, remanded in custody since May 2017, has so far been deprived of his freedom for 602 days as he awaits trial.
Rosell’s sister, Mariona has swamped social media with claims he is being unfairly persecuted and should return home.
Rosell, his wife and four others are accused of “large-scale money laundering” of at least €19.9 million since 2006 and their high-profile trial is reportedly slated to begin on February 25.
The European Clubs Association’s one-time leader faces an 11-year jail sentence, as well as a fine of €59 million, for laundering and belonging to a criminal organisation,
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