Brazil's Olympic committee chairman arrested

Carlos Nuzman President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee center is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Thursday Oct. 5 2017. The president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee was

Rio de Janeiro, Oct. 5, (GNA/dpa) - Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, was Thursday arrested on suspicion of buying votes to bring the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro. His house was raided last month by Brazilian police in coordination with French prosecutors, leading to the seizure of multiple passports and around $150,000 in four currencies.

Investigators also searched the offices of Brazil's Olympic Committee and several companies suspected of links to the scandal.

A grim-faced Nuzman left his home wearing a dark business suit in the Rio heat as he was escorted by police.

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Nuzman appeared relaxed and chatted with the agents as he entered the police station.

Bretas said that Nuzman's wealth increased roughly four-fold between 2006 and 2016.

He only declared he owned 16 gold bars weighing one kilogram (2.2 pounds) each when he was questioned a month ago, prosecutors said. He also accused the former volleyball player of failing to declare assets until after the so-called Unfair Play investigation began. "It is a hard and unusual measure in due process".

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"The [International Olympic Committee's] chief ethics and compliance officer has asked the Brazilian authorities for full information in order to proceed with the IOC's investigation, and has offered the IOC's full cooperation", the IOC said in a brief statement.

"Given the new facts, the International Olympic Committee ethics commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr. Nuzman's right to be heard", said the statement, which did not offer more details.

Authorities alleged Carlos Arthur Nuzman was involved in a vote-buying scheme to award the Brazilian city as host.

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The ethics commission is chaired by former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon and it can recommend action against individuals to the IOC's executive board. The Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo notes that Nuzman was reportedly planning to demand the International Olympic Committee "provide him with a financial bailout" given the exponential debt left behind by the event. "It also reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails". Given the new facts, the IOC Ethics Commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr Nuzman's right to be heard. Authorities say he was the mastermind behind the vote buying plot.

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