Former FIFA official Jack Warner has repeated his threat to wreak revenge on Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar over his planned extradition to the US in the ongoing corruption scandal affecting football’s world governing body. He has also accused plea-bargainer Chuck Blazer of lying when he admitted taking bribes.
In an interview with RFI, Warner said he will reveal secrets about “resources” he provided for Persad-Bissessar, apparently linking Fifa officials to the 2010 election in his country.
“I shall disclose the precise source of those resources another time,” Warner said in a TV broadcast on Wednesday as extradition to the US on charges of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery.
He had kept the information to himself up until now because he was a minister in Persad-Bissessar’s government, he told RFI Thursday.
“Against all the odds I have remained silent but I feel with the prime minister going to the parliament and putting those charges in the Hansard [the parliamentary record] and … to sign my extradition, that kind of thing is heinous and so I decided to speak out,” he explained.
And he swore that he would fight extradition. “The US has no guns that I am aware of, wanting me to be tried in their country. I committed no offence against the US, I have no account in the US, I deposited no money in the US, I wired no money to or from the US,” he insisted. “So let them show me the evidence as to why it is they want me extradited.”
Former Fifa official Chuck Blazer has admitted taking bribes in connection with the choice of South Africa as 2010 World Cuphosts and facilitating bribes relating to the 1998 World Cup held in France.
For full article and radio clip, see http://www.english.rfi.fr/sports/20150604-jack-warner-threatens-link-trinidad-pm-fifa-corruption-probe-extradition-row