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Verdict due in pimping trial of Dominique Strauss-Kahn
A French court will rule on whether former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is guilty of aggravated pimping. He faces 10 years in prison if a judge in Lille holds that he procured prostitutes for sex parties in France, Belgium and the US. The state prosecutor has already recommended that he be acquitted. Mr Strauss-Kahn has always denied knowing that some of the women who took part in the orgies he attended were working as prostitutes. France's former presidential hopeful stood trial i...
Fifa crisis: Paraguay ends immunity for Conmebol
Paraguay is ending the diplomatic immunity of the headquarters for South America's Conmebol football association, the latest fallout from the corruption scandal engulfing Fifa. The senate voted to strip the offices in the capital Asuncion of the status, which prevents it being raided. It is expected to be signed into law by President Horacio Cartes. Top Conmebol officials are among those indicted in a US investigation into football's world governing body Fifa. Two former Conmebol presi...
Jawbone, the wearable fitness tracker, in legal row with rival
The wearable fitness firm Jawbone has filed a second legal complaint against its rival Fitbit. In a California court, Jawbone accused Fitbit of infringing three of its patents, just a few weeks after alleging the company had poached staff and stolen commercially sensitive data. Fitbit said it would "vigorously defend" itself against the allegations. It is preparing to list on the New York Stock Exchange later this month, hoping to raise $358m from the share sale. A Jawbone spokesperson...
Swiss police seize IT data from Fifa headquarters
Fifa has handed over computer data to the Swiss authorities investigating the World Cup bids for 2018 and 2022. The information was seized at the Zurich headquarters of world football's governing body from offices which included that of its president Sepp Blatter, the BBC understands. Fifa said it had co-operated fully with the authorities. Swiss police said last month that they were looking into how the forthcoming World Cups were allocated. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI...
Ronaldo's mother 'had cash confiscated' at Madrid airport
The mother of Cristiano Ronaldo, the world's highest-paid footballer, was stopped last month at Madrid airport with €55,000 (£40,400; $61,000) in her handbag, El Mundo newspaper reports. It said that Dolores Aveiro, 61, was stopped by the civil guard while waiting for a flight home to Portugal. She could not explain to officials why she needed so much cash, El Mundo said. It said that the money will be held by officials until she pays a fine and fills in the correct documentation. Span...
Chile 'magic cheese scam' woman goes on trial in France
A woman has gone on trial in France for allegedly operating a scam in which thousands of Chileans paid millions of euros to produce a supposedly "magic cheese" for the cosmetics industry. Gilberte van Erpe, 74, is accused of selling a near-worthless powder as a costly domestic cheese-making kit. Buyers were lured with the promise of huge returns when their "cheese" was sold on for use in beauty products. The €14.5m (£10.6m; $16.14m) scam is one of the largest in Chilean history. Ms van...
Reward offered in New York jail break 'crisis'
The escape of two murderers from a maximum security jail in New York has been described as a "crisis situation" by the state's governor. Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, used power tools to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. "These are dangerous men capable of committing grave crimes again," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. New York state is offering a $100,000 (£65,000) reward for information. Mr Cuomo said the prison breakout was the first escape from the facil...
Fifa corruption: Documents show details of Jack Warner 'bribes'
A BBC investigation has seen evidence that details what happened to the $10m sent from Fifa to accounts controlled by former vice-president Jack Warner. The money, sent on behalf of South Africa, was meant to be used for its Caribbean diaspora legacy programme. But documents suggest Mr Warner used the payment for cash withdrawals, personal loans and to launder money. The 72-year-old, who has been indicted by the FBI for corruption, denies all claims of wrongdoing. The papers seen by th...
Fifa crisis: Letter 'shows path of South Africa's $10m'
A new leaked letter appears to show South African authorities seeking an indirect route for the transfer to Fifa of $10m US prosecutors say was a bribe. The letter carried by South African media was purportedly written by FA president Danny Jordaan three weeks before the first tranche was paid. US prosecutors say the money was a bribe to Fifa officials to help secure South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid. South Africa says it was a legitimate payment to fund Caribbean football. The $10m (£...
Fifa crisis: Jack Warner 'to reveal all despite fears'
Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner has said in a TV address that he will reveal all he knows about corruption at the world football body. Mr Warner, who said he feared for his life, also said he could link Fifa officials to general elections in his native Trinidad and Tobago in 2010. He is one of the 14 people charged by the US over corruption at Fifa. Another top Fifa official and key witness, Chuck Blazer, had admitted accepting bribes. The admissions came in a newly released tra...
Fifa crisis: Ex-official Chuck Blazer details bribe-taking
Former top Fifa official Chuck Blazer admits that he and others on the executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the choice of South Africa as 2010 World Cup host. The American says he also helped to arrange bribes over the 1998 event. The admissions come in a newly released transcript from a 2013 US hearing in which he pleads guilty to 10 charges. The US has launched a wide-ranging criminal case that engulfed Fifa and led President Sepp Blatter to resign. The US ...
Fifa's Sepp Blatter 'under investigation in US'
Fifa president Sepp Blatter is being investigated by US officials as part of their inquiry into corruption at the world football body, US media say. The news came hours after Mr Blatter announced that he was stepping down from his role. US prosecutors launched a criminal inquiry last week, with seven Fifa officials arrested in Switzerland, part of a group of 14 people indicted. Two days after the arrests, Mr Blatter was re-elected president of Fifa. However, he said on Tuesday that it ...
Fifa: Nicolas Leoz faces arrest as Enrique Sanz is suspended
One senior official has been provisionally banned while another prominent figure faces house arrest in the fall-out from the Fifa scandal. Governing body Fifa suspended Enrique Sanz, general secretary of Concacaf, from all football-related activities. Concacaf governs the game in North and Central America plus the Caribbean. A judge ordered the arrest of Nicolas Leoz, ex-head of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), amid corruption claims surrounding Fifa. Leoz, head of...
Tobacco firms fined billions in Canadian court ruling
A Canadian court has ordered three tobacco companies to pay C$15.5bn (£8bn; $12bn) - the largest award for damages in the country's history. The plaintiffs were Quebec smokers who said the firms failed to warn them of health risks associated with smoking. Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald vowed to appeal against the decision. The class-action lawsuits were filed in 1998, but only recently went to trial in the courts. The firms argued that Canadians have h...
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