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Honduras confirms ex-president aboard plane headed to US for soccer probe

FILE - In this Sep. 20, 2006 file photo, Honduras' former President Rafael Leonardo Callejas speaks to the press in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras’ foreign minister said on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 that the ex-president, who also served as president of Honduras' soccer federation, has boarded a private plane with the intention of turning himself in to U.S. authorities investigating corruption and kickbacks in FIFA, soccer's scandal-plagued governing body. The United States had previously requested Callejas’ extradition. (AP Photo/Edgard Garrido, File)

FILE - In this Sep. 20, 2006 file photo, Honduras' former President Rafael Leonardo Callejas speaks to the press in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras’ foreign minister said on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 that the ex-president, who also served as president of Honduras' soccer federation, has boarded a private plane with the intention of turning himself in to U.S. authorities investigating corruption and kickbacks in FIFA, soccer's scandal-plagued governing body. The United States had previously requested Callejas’ extradition. (AP Photo/Edgard Garrido, File)  (The Associated Press)

Honduras' foreign minister says ex-President Rafael Callejas has left the country aboard a private plane with the intention of turning himself in to U.S. authorities investigating corruption and kickbacks in FIFA, soccer's scandal-plagued governing body.

Arturo Corrales said Monday that Callejas had made the decision on advice from his lawyers, but would not say exactly where or when the ex-president would turn himself in.

The United States previously requested Callejas' extradition.

Callejas served as president from 1990-94 and is a current member of FIFA's television and marketing committee.

He was one of about 20 soccer officials indicted on charges with bribes and kickbacks in a 92-count indictment.

Callejas was president of Honduras' soccer federation from 2002 to 2015.