Judge denies former Barca boss bail

July 05, 2017

 

MADRID (AP):

A Spanish judge has denied former Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell the right to bail while he awaits trial on charges of money laundering.

Judge Camren Lamela ruled yesterday against a request by his lawyers to set bail for Rosell.

She said in a statement that Rosell presents "risks of flight, the destruction of evidence and continued criminal acts".

Rosell was arrested on May 25 as part of a money-laundering investigation related to buying television rights for past matches of Brazil's national team.

Authorities alleged that Rosell could have helped launder nearly €15 million ($16.8 million) through tax havens between 2007 and 2011.

Rosell has denied any wrongdoing.

Rosell, a former Nike executive in Brazil who presided Barcelona from 2010-14, will also stand trial in a separate case regarding fraud and corruption charges for the transfer of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. Rosell has also denied any wrongdoing in that case.

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