11 Jun 2015

Jack Warner: Fifa’s pirate of the Caribbean

Jack Warner is a member of parliament and a former world soccer vice president – here is what else we know about Fifa’s pirate of the Caribbean.

Warner, 72, was indicted by the US Justice Department in May and is now the subject of an Interpol international wanted person alert.

He has pledged to release an “avalanche” of evidence relating to Fifa’s financial transactions, including those of President Sepp Blatter, with him and the United National Congress, one of the parties in the current ruling coalition in Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr Warner suggested his life was in danger in a public message after paying for a political broadcast slot on TV in his native Trinidad.

However, when he was later confronted by Channel 4 News about the revelations, he refused to answer any questions about corruption.

On Thursday, Warner was ordered to report to police twice a week and surrender his passport after officials deemed him a flight risk.

Who is Jack Warner?

Warner is a Trinidad and Tobago politician, businessman, and former football executive. Warner held the offices of vice president of Fifa and president of Concacaf until his suspension and eventual resignation from these roles in 2011.

Why did Warner resign in 2011?

On 29 May 2011 Warner was charged and provisionally suspended by Fifa’s Ethics Committee from all involvement in soccer, pending the outcome of the investigation of corruption allegations against him.

He and fellow Fifa member Mohamed Bin Hammam were alleged to have paid bribes of £600,000 to Caribbean associations.

Was he ever prosecuted?

No, on 20 June 2011, Fifa announced Warner’s resignation from all his positions in international football. As Warner was no longer part of Fifa, they ended the investigation into any and all ethics violations.

What is his involvement in politics?

In 2007 Warner was elected member of parliament for Chaguanas West. Warner was re-elected again with the highest national vote total in 2010.

After the election, he was appointed the Works and Transport Minister in Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s government.

Warner resigned as Minister of National Security on 21 April 2013. He resigned as member of parliament for Chaguanas West four days later, triggering a by-election in his constituency.

Warner later formed a new political party, the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), and won the by-election.