7 Jun 2015

Jack Warner confronted by Channel 4 News

Our Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman encounters Jack Warner in his constituency office as more corruption accusations are levelled against the former Fifa vice president.

Jack Warner allowed Channel 4 News into his constituency office, but he refused to answer questions.

Documents obtained by this programme show that from January to December 2008 Fifa and football’s governing body in the Americas and the Caribbean disbursed $10m to bank accounts controlled by Mr Warner, a former vice president of Fifa.

They include $4.86m to the JTA supermarket chain in Trinidad, and hundreds of thousands paid into credit cards and personal accounts belonging to Mr Warner.

We’d like to get rid of the problem Trinidad’s attorney general

The payments are labelled as relating to the “South Africa diaspora legacy programme” connected with the 2010 World Cup.

Channel 4 News understands that 141 boxes of documents relating to Mr Warner’s bank accounts are now in the custody of the FBI investigation into him.

Garvin Nicholas, Attorney General of Trinidad, spoke to our Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman in Trinidad.

When asked if Trinidad would like to be rid of Mr Warner “once and for all”, Mr Nicholas responded:

“We’d like to get rid of the problem, that is accusations being made against a national that is bringing the country into disrepute. 

“But we would also want to ensure that all the rights for any individual are maintained.”

Mr Warner has been charged with racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery by US authorities.

He has been at the centre of Fifa corruption allegations for years, and claimed last week to have an “avalanche” of evidence on who paid what, to whom. He denies any wrongdoing.

Claims were made this week that South Africa bribed officials in order to host the 2010 World Cup. It also denies any wrongdoing.