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3 soccer officials' bribery trial set for closing arguments

Wed, 13 Dec 2017

Closing arguments are set to take place in the New York trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the corruption scandal engulfing the sport's governing body.

Ex-presidents of national soccer federations in Paraguay, Peru and Brazil have denied accusations they participated in a vast conspiracy involving tens of millions of dollars in bribes paid in exchange for help winning lucrative commercial rights to the FIFA (FEE'-fuh) World Cup and other tournaments.

The trial has seen a juror dismissed for sleeping, a defendant accused of threatening a witness by running his fingers across his throat in a slicing motion and surprise testimony by a former member of the Jonas Brothers.

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday. The defence chose not to put on a case. Closing arguments are set to begin Wednesday morning.

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