25 Apr 2019
AP — Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been acquitted of money laundering charges after spending nearly two years in prison.
Court officials in Madrid said Wednesday there was not enough evidence for a guilty verdict on charges related to the sale of television rights for matches involving the Brazilian national soccer team.
Rosell was in custody for nearly 22 months after being accused of misappropriating funds coming from the sale of TV rights and the organization of friendly matches featuring Brazil as well as from a sponsorship contract between Nike and Brazil.
Spanish prosecutors were initially seeking an 11-year prison sentence and a fine of nearly 60 million euros ($67 million) for Rosell, who was also accused of forming part of a criminal organization. They said he helped launder nearly 20 million euros ($22 million) related to commissions for Brazil matches. After both sides presented their case in the trial, the sentence requested by prosecutors was reduced to six years.
By Talles Azzoni, AP, 24 April 2019
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