Switzerland extradite first of seven suspects to USA

Geneva: One of the seven FIFA officials held in Switzerland as part of an investigation into massive corruption at football's governing body has been extradited to the United States, the Swiss justice ministry said yesterday.

Swiss authorities last week confirmed that one of the FIFA suspects wanted by the US had accepted extradition and that the prisoner transfer was likely to be approved quickly. Justice ministry spokesman Raphael Frei declined to name the official, saying only that he was extradited on Wednesday.

"He was handed over to a three-man US police escort in Zurich, who accompanied him on a flight to New York," the spokesman said in a statement. The Wall Street Journal on July 10 reported that Jeffrey Webb of Cayman Islands, a former FIFA VP, was the suspect sent.

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