Juan Angel Napout, the former president of soccer’s South American governing body, is to be released from a federal prison and deported after serving five and a half years of his sentence.
Napout was convicted on Dec. 22, 2017, of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, and he was taken into custody that day. He was sentenced to nine years in and has been held at a low-security federal prison in Miami.
His conviction was upheld in 2020 by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and he had been scheduled for release on Aug. 9, 2025.
Breon Peace, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, wrote in a letter Thursday to U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen that the 65-year-old is eligible for release to a residential reentry center on July 6.
Peace wrote that Napout is subject to being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and ICE “expects to take custody of Mr. Napout upon his release … for the purpose of removing him from the country.”
“ICE has indicated it may also facilitate immediate self-removal, which would entail working with Mr. Napout and his counsel to secure a flight out of the country and working with the Paraguayan consulate to prepare an emergency passport.”
Napout was banned for life by FIFA in 2019. He was president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL from August 2014 until December 2015, president of the Paraguayan Football Association from 2007-14 and a member of FIFA’s executive committee. He was arrested in Zurich while attending FIFA meetings in December 2015.
Source: AP News