One of the best known names in Brazilian Olympic sport was sentenced to prison. This Thursday night (25), Carlos Arthur Nuzman, former president of the COB (Olympic Committee of Brazil), was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for the crimes of passive corruption, criminal organization, money laundering and evasion of foreign exchange. The sentence was handed down by the 7th criminal court of Rio de Janeiro. Nuzman can appeal in freedom.
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The conviction is the result of the Unfair Play operation, which investigated the process of buying votes to choose the venue for the 2016 Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro. The defense of the former president of COB said that Carlos Arthur Nuzman was convicted without evidence and that he will be acquitted in the judgment of the appeal.
In addition to Nuzman, the operation also sentenced Sérgio Cabral Filho, former governor of Rio de Janeiro, and the former director of operations of the Rio 2016 committee, Leonardo Gryner, to prison.
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Carlos Athur Nuzman and Leonardo Gryner were arrested in 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. According to the Federal Police and the Federal Public Ministry, the former president of the COB was responsible for intermediating in the IOC (International Olympic Committee) the purchase of votes for the city of Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympic Games. In March 2017, the French newspaper “Le Monde” denounced that, three days before the choice of the Brazilian city, bribes had been paid to officials of the International Olympic Committee.