Former FIFA vice president Alfredo Hawit, charged in the corruption scandal gripping world football, has been placed under house arrest after posting $1 million bail.
The 64-year-old was extradited to the United States from Switzerland last month following his arrest on December 3. He denies the 12 charges against him, which include racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.
Hawit posted $1 million in bail at a Brooklyn court, of which he paid $50,000 in cash. The rest was guaranteed with property. A judge agreed last month to release Hawit into house arrest, but he stayed in detention until he could make bail. Hawit will now stay with his daughter in Florida while observing the arrest.
Hawit is one of 39 officials and marketing executives accused of soliciting and receiving tens of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.