CAF President Ahmad arrested in France

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad, was, on Thursday morning reportedly arrested by French police at the Berri Hotel in Paris, France where he was staying for the FIFA congress

The CAF boss was in the European nation to attend the FIFA congress, which brought about Gianni Infantino’s re-election as President of the governing body.

According to Jeune Afrique, Ahmad Ahmad was detained at 8:30 am local time and will face the anti-corruption agency’s Central Office for Combating Corruption and Financial and Tax Crimes.

The arrest has reportedly been made due to the President misusing funds of approximately $830,000 after ordering equipment via a French intermediary company called Tactical Steel.

Ahmad had previously denied the accusations, claiming all the decisions were made “collegially” and that the process was “transparent.”

In April, Reuters revealed that CAF secretary general Amr Fahmy accused Ahmad Ahmad of alleged bribery and misappropriation of funds, according to officials and internal documents.

The documents allegedly disclosed that the African chief had instructed Fahmy to pay $20,000 (£15,256) in bribes into accounts of African football association presidents, which included Cape Verde and Tanzania.

“The Confederation of African Football executive committee took the decision on 11 April to revoke (the position) of Amr Fahmy, the secretary general,” Nathalie Rabe, Caf’s head of communications told Reuters at the time.

“This was a decision taken by the executive committee and I don’t know about the allegations.

“There’s no explanation. It’s the Executive Committee decision.”

After the alleged arrest of Ahmad, Fifa released a statement, which was published on the Twitter account of Tariq Panja, the author of Football’s Secret Trade. In the statement, Fifa make it clear that they will not comment on the Caf President’s particular situation, while underlining its mission to run football in a clean and transparent manner worldwide.

 

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