Head of the Brazilian National Olympic Committee Has Been Accused of Bribery

Carlos Nuzman was taken into custody in Rio de Janiero.                  Reuters  Bruno Kelly

Brazilian police have detained the president of the country's Olympic committee in Rio de Janeiro.

The inquiry is being conducted in conjunction with French and U.S. police.

On September 5, Carlos Nuzman had been interrogated for several hours by the federal police who suspect him of having been "the central element" of a network of alleged corruption that allowed the city to obtain the olympics.

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

An unnamed IOC spokesman said: "The International Olympic Committee takes note of the arrest of Mr Carlos Nuzman, IOC Honorary Member, by the Brazilian authorities".

Included in those hidden assets by Nuzman were a reported 16 kilograms of gold in a safe in Switzerland.

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

Reuters report that Marcelo Bretas, the federal judge who authorized his arrest, said new evidence indicated that Nuzman's role in the alleged vote-buying scheme was "more relevant" than initially thought. He also accused the former volleyball player of failing to declare assets until after the so-called Unfair Play investigation began. In their statement they cite an email from Papa Massata directly asking Nuzman for help with "the final process", and an email discussing difficulties in bank transfers.

Diack's International Olympic Committee membership was provisionally suspended a week after his arrest in France in November 2015 and he resigned the following day.

According to Brazil's state-run news agency, authorities allege Nuzman's net worth inexplicably rose by 457% during his tenure as Brazil's top Olympic official and that he recently attempted to regularize a substantial amount of money.

The scheme was discovered when prosecutors investigating the mega Lava Jato corruption scheme started looking into former governor Sergio Cabral's illegal activities.

The IOC will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the IOC Ethics Commission. "It also reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails".

The IOC investigation will be the first test of the newly elected members of the Ethics Commission including chair Ban Ki Moon. Authorities say he was the mastermind behind the vote buying plot.

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