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Warner won't be prosecuted over bribes

May 29, 2012
By ESPN news

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner will not face prosecution in Trinidad over the alleged FIFA bribary scandal that saw him resign last year.

Jack Warner
GettyImagesJack Warner has hit out at FIFA since his resignation

Warner resigned from his position in football last June after being charged by FIFA with making payments to Caribbean football officials that constituted bribes.

Trinidad's director of public prosecutions has decided against pursuing criminal charges against Warner, who is also the country's deputy prime minister. A letter confirming the decision, sent by the head of the police service to the leader of the opposition, was published in the Trinidad Express.

Warner has described the allegations as "a deliberate campaign designed to demonise me by those who were opposed to me'', whilst also denying that a centre of excellence and hotel in Trinidad that FIFA funded with £20 million was owned by him.

Lawyers working for the CONCACAF federation have stated that the centre was owned by two companies belonging to Warner's family, with the mortgage arranged by Warner himself.

Warner told Trinidadian media: "I don't own it, so what is all the fuss about? For over one year [FIFA president Sepp] Blatter and his minions are trying their utmost to destroy me and I would not in any way be remotely perturbed by the foolishness taking place in FIFA.

"Blatter believes that he is a god and no one should oppose him at anytime and once you oppose him you pay the ultimate price. I will be the exception and I wish to advise him and his cohorts that in no way he can tarnish my image.''

The Trinidad website wired868.com published documents linking Warner to the centre, including for a US$11 million mortgage taken out in 2007 by two companies, Renraw and CCAM which are both owned by the Warner family - Renraw is 'Warner' spelled backwards.