Former president of the Olympic Committee of Brazil (COB), Carlos Arthur Nuzman, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for the crimes of passive corruption, criminal organization, money laundering and currency evasion. The sentence was determined by judge Marcelo Bretas. Nuzman is free to appeal this sentence.
Nuzman was the target of the Unfair Play operation, which investigated the purchase of votes for choosing Rio de Janeiro as the venue for the 2016 Olympic Games.
In 2017, Nuzman and the director general of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Leonardo Gryner, were arrested at home by the Federal Police. The two were being investigated for involvement in an alleged vote-buying scheme at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) so that Rio de Janeiro would be chosen to host the Olympic Games.
At the time, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) stated that the temporary imprisonment of Nuzman and Gryner was important to allow the patrimony to be blocked, preventing them from continuing to act, either criminally or interfering with the production of evidence.”
According to the MPF, in the last 10 of the 22 years of COB presidency, Nuzman has increased his assets by 457%, without a clear indication of his income, in addition to keeping part of his assets hidden in Switzerland.
Two weeks after the arrest, with a habeas corpus, Nuzman received left the Public Jail of BenficaTânia Rêgo to serve under house arrest.
On the same day he received habeas corpus from the STJ, on October 20, 2017, Nuzman became a defendant with former governor Sérgio Cabral. The decision was taken by judge Marcelo Bretas, in a process resulting from Operation Unfair Play.
Sergio Cabral also convicted
Former governor Sérgio Cabral Filho was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in prison for passive corruption. Cabral Was governor of the state between 2007 and 2014. Rio de Janeiro was announced as the host of the Olympic Games in October 2009.
Imprisoned since 2016, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro had already been sentenced to 346 years, 9 months and 16 days in prison. This is the 19th sentence handed down against the politician.
Leonardo Gryner was sentenced to 13 years and 10 months in prison for passive corruption and criminal organization.