FIFA bribery suspect Julio Rocha agrees his extradition to Nicaragua

Switzerland's justice ministry says it has approved the extradition of FIFA bribery case suspect Julio Rocha (L) to Nicaragua.

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BERN, Switzerland — Switzerland’s justice ministry says it has approved the extradition of FIFA bribery case suspect Julio Rocha to Nicaragua.

However, Rocha’s consent to a request by Nicaraguan authorities can only proceed with the approval of the United States, which also seeks his extradition.

Swiss justice department spokesman Folco Galli says it is ”for the U.S. authorities to state whether or not they agree to Nicaragua being given priority.”

If American officials refuse to let Rocha return home, the Swiss justice ministry will decide which extradition request to grant, Galli says in a statement.

Rocha was a FIFA development officer and Nicaragua football federation president when arrested at the Americans’ request in a Zurich hotel on May 27.

He is suspected of taking bribes from marketing agencies which were awarded tournament broadcasting rights.