BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Two Argentine businessmen wanted in the United States in a FIFA bribery case have turned themselves in to authorities.
The official news agency Telam reported Thursday that Hugo Jinkis and son Mariano presented themselves at a federal courthouse in Buenos Aires. Telam reported that the men and their lawyers stated their intention to fight a U.S. extradition order and requested house arrest rather than jail while they do so.
An official at Judge Claudio Bonadio's office confirmed that the men had turned themselves in, but declined to be cited by name, the norm for Argentine judicial authorities. Calls to the offices of their lawyers were not answered.
U.S. prosecutors say that the men were part of a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme for the rights to broadcast Copa America games.