Federal Supreme Court endorses extradition of FIFA official to United States

13.06.2016

On May 2 2016 the Swiss Federal Supreme Court rendered its first decision on the extradition of one of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) officials that were spectacularly arrested in Zurich in 2015.(1) The case concerned the extradition of Julio Rocha, former president of the Nicaraguan Football League and citizen of Nicaragua. The United States, and later Nicaragua, requested the extradition of Rocha by way of international legal assistance in criminal matters. The Swiss Federal Criminal Court had approved the extradition to the United States. Rocha consented to be extradited to Nicaragua, but opposed extradition to the United States and appealed to the Federal Supreme Court.

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Federal Supreme Court endorses extradition of FIFA official to United States
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Bernhard Lötscher
Partner
Zurich
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Aline Wey Speirs, LL.M.
Counsel
Zurich