FIFA – Jack Warner The Divisive Politician

[NYT] PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — The prime minister of this Caribbean republic walked out of a session of Parliament on Friday, angrily chastising a fellow politician and former ally, Jack Warner, who finds himself and his two sons at the center of soccer’s widespread corruption scandal.

 

“Here we are now, a focus of the international world, not for the good and great things but because of the actions of one man,” Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, admonished Mr. Warner in a confrontation that dominated the television news here Friday night and the front pages of Saturday’s newspapers.

 

A onetime acting prime minister, as well as a former minister of national security and transportation, Mr. Warner, 72, is a polarizing populist, loved and loathed, a man about whom there appears to be no neutral opinion.

 

Four years ago, Mr. Warner lost his lofty position as a vice president of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, in a bribery scandal. Now he stands accused of racketeering by United States authorities, charged with, among other things, taking a $10 million payment to influence voting on South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. He has denied any wrongdoing.

 

    Jack Warner Sons Guilty Pleas:

 

Guilty Pleas

 

On July 15, 2013, Daryll Warner secretly pleaded guilty to wire fraud and illegal structuring of financial transactions to evade currency reporting transactions. The plea was related in part to mortgage fraud in the purchase in 2005-6 of a $990,000 condominium in Miami on behalf of himself and two family members.

On Oct. 18, 2013, Daryan Warner, then 45, entered federal court in Brooklyn, also to furtively plead guilty in the soccer investigation. As Mr. Warner began to address the court, he was interrupted by Judge William Kuntz of United States District Court, who offered his usual good-natured instruction to speak clearly.

 

“Take your time,” Judge Kuntz told Mr. Warner, according to an unsealed transcript of the hearing. “Take a drink of water. Slowly and loudly. Channel your inner Lord Vader, not your inner Woody Allen, O.K.? That’s what I say all the time.”

 

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JACK WARNER JUNE 8 2015 

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