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RIO DE JINERO---Brazilian prose-
cutors have launched an investiga-
tion into allegations of corruption
and overpricing in the construction
of a stadium used during last year s
football World Cup.
They believe building construction
giant Odebrecht inflated the price
of the Arena Pernambuco by
Federal Police have carried out
raids in several Brazilian cities.
The company s president, Marcelo
Odebrecht, is in jail in connection
with a separate corruption scandal.
He was charged last month with
corruption and money laundering
for allegedly paying bribes to secure
contracts with the state-owned oil
Odebrecht has denied the charges
and said he would appeal.
He is one of dozens of business-
men, civil servants and politicians
detained over the past year as part
of a major investigation of corruption
'No proper competition'
With the information gathered
from that investigation, prosecutors
have launched Operation Fair Play,
focusing on the same building com-
Federal Police believes the bidding
process for the construction of the
Arena Pernambuco, near the north-
eastern city of Recife, was rigged to
"There wasn t proper competi-
tion," Federal Police investigator
Marcello Diniz told O Globo news-
He said Odebrecht was invited to
take part in the process a year before
details were made public.
Other competitors were given only
45 days to prepare their bids.
The official cost of the stadium
has never been disclosed, but it is
estimated to have cost more than
700m reais (US$200m).
The investigation is also looking
into evidence that civil servants were
bribed by the building company.
One of seven senior Fifa offi-
cials detained in Switzerland in
May over corruption allegations
has accepted extradition to
Julio Rocha, the former head
of the Nicaraguan Football Fed-
eration, is being sought by
Nicaragua and the US.
Nicaragua s request can only
go ahead if US authorities agree.
US prosecutors have indicted
a total of 14 current and former
Fifa officials and associates on
charges of "rampant, systemic,
and deep-rooted" corruption.
Nicaraguan prosecutors suspect
Rocha of taking "bribes in con-
nection with the award to a US
sports marketing agency of mar-
keting rights to soccer matches",
Nicaraguan justice ministry
spokesman Folco Galli said,
according to AFP.
Last month the first Fifa official
to be extradited to the US, vice-
president Jeffrey Webb, pleaded
not guilty and was placed under
house arrest on $10m bail by a
New York judge.
Webb, from the Cayman
Islands, is accused of accepting
bribes worth millions of dollars
in connection with the sale of
The remaining officials wanted
by the US have not yet agreed to
be extradited. They are all from
Latin America or from the Con-
cacaf federation which covers
North America and the
The US investigation was ini-
tially sparked by the bidding
process for the Russia 2018 and
Qatar 2022 World Cups, but was
widened to look back at the deal-
ings of world football s governing
body over the past 20 years.
The Department of Justice s
indictment says that the corrup-
tion was planned in the US, and
that American banks were used
to transfer money.
The former head of Burundi s
army has been shot dead outside
his home in the capital Bujum-
Col Jean Bikomagu, who led the
armed forces during the country s
civil war, was gunned down as he
drove through the gates of his
His daughter was badly injured
in the attack, a family member
It is the latest in a wave of
killings across Burundi, since Pres-
ident Pierre Nkurunziza decided
to run for---and won---a third term
The civil war was fought along
ethnic lines with mostly Hutu
rebels fighting against the polit-
ically dominant Tutsi minority.
Col Bikomagu led the Tutsis,
while Mr Nkurunziza was a mem-
ber of the a Hutu rebel group.
A peace deal led to him becom-
ing president in 2005. His third
presidential bid in July led to unrest
across the country, with opposition
parties and voters claiming it was
Tensions there have forced more
than 100,000 people to flee this
Ex-army chief shot dead in Burundi
into World Cup
Fifa scandal: Julio Rocha
agrees to Nicaragua extradition
Julio Rocha, the former head of the Nicaraguan Football Federation.
for the Washington area and some
flights from airports in the New
York City area that must fly over
the Washington region were
delayed or grounded yesterday
due to "technical issues" at an air
traffic control centre in Virginia.
Federal Aviation Administration
spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said
it is investigating an automation
problem at an air traffic centre in
Leesburg, Virginia, FAA. The centre
handles high-altitude air traffic for
a region that includes Baltimore-
Washington International Thurgood
Marshall Airport, Washington s
Reagan National Airport and Dulles
The FAA said it was directing
high-altitude flights around the
affected airspace. The problem was
not believed to be caused by any
accident or hacking.
American Airlines said in a tweet
that air traffic control issues are
impacting all East Coast flights.
The airline is urging passengers to
plan accordingly. Laura Nedbal, an
American spokeswoman, said its
flights from Cleveland to the Wash-
ington area were also affected.
Information posted online by the
FAA indicated there was a problem
with the En Route Automation
Modernisation computer system,
also known as ERAM, at the Lees-
burg centre. The FAA finished
installing the troubled computer
system in the last of 20 high-alti-
tude traffic control centres earlier
this year. The completion was years
Miller Roberts, 40, of Dallas was
trying to fly from Baltimore to
Kansas City to set up a robotics
display at the Missouri State Fair
but was caught in a flight delay for
more than four hours.
Roberts said he boarded a South-
west Airlines flight that was sup-
posed to take off at 10 am, but he
was still sitting on the plane, waiting
after 2 pm. (AP)
FAA says technical problem
caused East Coast flight delays
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