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New witnesses emerge to back bribery allegations against bin Hammam, Warner

June 3, 2011 - London

New witnesses have reportedly contacted FIFA's FBI-led investigation team claiming that they can support the bribery allegations against suspended Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed bin Hammam and controversial powerbroker Jack Warner.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh is leading The Independent investigation.

It has also emerged that two other FIFA Executive Committee members (Worawi Makudi of Thailand and V. Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka) travelled to the specially convened May 10-11 meeting in Trinidad at which bin Hammam addressed members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).

Bin Hammam and Warner had arranged the meeting to allow the Qatari to address members of the CFU as part of his presidential campaign.

It is unclear in what capacity Makudi and Manilal attended, The Telegraph reports.

Freeh has begun interviewing witnesses who attended the CFU meeting, including those who provided statements and sworn affidavits to the original investigation ordered by American FIFA Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer.

Bin Hammam and Warner have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation into allegations that they offered one million dollars in bribes at the CFU summit.

Officials are said to have been offered 40,000 dollars in brown envelopes in exchange for their vote in the presidential election.

Both bin Hammam and Warner deny any wrongdoing.


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