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Lawyer accused of taking bribes during FIFA trial kills himself


The FIFA soccer corruption trial has turned deadly.


An Argentinian lawyer accused on the witness stand Tuesday of banking bribes committed suicide hours later, throwing himself under a train near Buenos Aires.


Jorge Delhon, 52, reportedly killed himself in a suburb of the South American city.


Earlier Tuesday, Alejandro Burzaco, a former sports businessman, testified in Brooklyn federal court that he had bribed Delhon and another man over a three-year span, from 2011 and 2014. The BBC pegged the bribery amount at $2 million.

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Delhon was a lawyer for Argentina’s “Futbol Para Todos” program, a government-run program connected to soccer broadcasts.


Burzaco only mentioned Delhon in passing during testimony that detailed a range of alleged graft and greed in the international soccer arena.


Delhon was not charged in the FIFA corruption case. Burzaco has pleaded guilty.


Three former South American soccer presidents are on trial for corruption, and more than 20 other men have pleaded guilty.

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Lawyers for Manuel Burga of Peru, Jose Maria Marin of Brazil and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay don’t dispute there’s corruption in the soccer business — but they say they’re not part of it.


Delhon’s death was not mentioned during the public trial proceedings Wednesday.


Lawyers for the three men on trial and a spokesman for the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment on Delhon’s death.

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