The head of last year’s Olympics and Paralympics deposited 16 gold bars in Switzerland, prosecutors claimed on Thursday, after he was arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged bribery scheme to bring the Games to Rio.
Carlos Nuzman, the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and honorary International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, was held after federal police staged a dawn swoop on his home.
That followed a raid last month in which £118,000 in cash was seized after being found in a closet, with Nuzman’s passport also confiscated before he was summoned for questioning.
The headquarters of the COB was searched as well as part of an operation named ‘Unfair Play’.
Nuzman was arrested on Thursday after being accused of having “clearly acted to obstruct the investigation” by altering his tax returns about two weeks after he was questioned.
According to the arrest order, Nuzman – who chaired the Rio 2016 organising committee – added around $600,000 (£456,540) in income to his return in a way which “indicated it was illicit”.
Investigators also said they had recovered from last month’s raid a key for a safe in Switzerland thought to contain 16 one-kilogram gold bars.
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