Swiss courts return confiscated $40 million to Conmebol

LAUSANNE: The Swiss courts have returned to the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) 36.6 million Swiss francs ($40 million) which had been retrieved from two former officials accused of corruption, the office of the attorney general (OAG) announced on Thursday. 

In the course of its series of football-related investigations, the OAG opened several criminal proceedings in connection with former South American football officials. These included various criminal proceedings in connection with Nicolas Leoz, who was president of the South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL for many years, and with the former secretary general of CONMEBOL, Eduardo Deluca. Both were alleged to have abused their positions to the prejudice of CONMEBOL and to have unlawfully enriched themselves and possibly other persons.

The funds forfeited between December 2019 and September 2020 amounted to around CHF 36.6 million.

Despite the proceedings against Leoz being abandoned, more than CHF 16.1 million which the OAG had seized in the course of its proceedings in Switzerland was forfeited and refunded to CONMEBOL.