Rio De Janeiro: Brazilian police arrested the chairman of the country’s Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged vote buying to secure Rio’s hosting of the 2016 Games.
Twenty federal police agents swept into Rio de Janeiro’s upscale Leblon neighborhood in an early morning operation to arrest 75-year-old Carlos Nuzman.
The Rio 2016 committee’s chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner was arrested in a separate raid.
A grim-faced Nuzman left his home wearing a dark business suit in the Rio heat as he was escorted by police.
The agents, who were operating on orders from a federal judge, also seized documents.
Nuzman and Gryner “will be charged with the crimes of corruption, money laundering and criminal association,” police said in a statement.
Nuzman appeared relaxed and chatted with the agents as he entered the police station.
The men were sent to the Benefica prison in northern Rio, a police source told AFP.
With their detention, the vice president of Brazil’s Olympic Committee, Paulo Wanderley, has temporarily taken charge of the body.