BSP-21 FIFA Ethics Committee judge held in Malaysia for graft

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FIFA Ethics Committee judge held in Malaysia for graft

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – A FIFA Ethics Committee judge was
arrested on suspicion of corruption in his native Malaysia and has resigned
as director of an arbitration service, his lawyer and reports said Wednesday.

Sundra Rajoo was detained late Tuesday by anti-graft investigators after
flying in from Zurich, where FIFA has its headquarters, to assist in a
corruption probe.

He was held overnight, but released after a court accepted his
representatives’ arguments that he effectively has diplomatic immunity due to
his high-profile legal roles, lawyer Cheow Wee told AFP.

As well as sitting on FIFA’s Ethics Committee, Rajoo was the director of
the Malaysia-based Asian International Arbitration Centre.

Cheow said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had applied to
hold him for seven days as “they wanted to question him regarding a
corruption allegation”.

Rajoo has been accused of using his position to gain financial favours,
reports said.

Local media reported that he has now given up his position at the
arbitration centre.

“My client has offered assurances that he will extend the full cooperation
to MACC regarding the investigation,” his lawyer said, but added that
authorities could not arrest him.

Rajoo was appointed last year as one of two deputy chairmen of the Ethics
Committee’s adjudicatory chamber, which has slapped lifetime bans on several
football executives named in a sprawling US Justice Department probe into
football corruption.

The adjudicatory chamber was responsible for banning former president of
the governing body of world football Sepp Blatter and UEFA head Michel
Platini.

BSS/AFP/FI/ 1855 hrs