Judge accepts bail for FIFA ex-vice president

NEW YORK: A New York judge agreed Thursday to release a former FIFA vice president to house arrest in exchange for a $290,000 bond but ordered he remain in prison until a cash deposit is made.

Honduran national Alfredo Hawit, 64, was extradited from Switzerland and pleaded not guilty January 13 to 12 charges stemming from the multi-million-dollar FIFA corruption scandal rocking world football.

A former president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), he has been suspended by FIFA from all soccer activities.

Magistrate Judge Robert Levy accepted a proposal from Hawit’s lawyer for a bond made up of $50,000 cash and $240,000 secured in family property that would see him released on bail and subject to electronic monitoring.

“This is close to $300,000 dollars,” Levy told the court.”This is a substantial package.”