National Court Judge Carmen Lamela has ordered the arrest of FC Barcelona’s former president Sandro Rosell in jail , after taking a statement for more than two hours this morning for alleged money laundering of 15 million euros (16.8 million euros). Dollars) of rights of the Brazilian soccer team, considering that there is risk of flight, destruction of evidence and criminal reiteration.
The Prosecutor’s Office had already requested that he be sent to jail without bail along with his partner, Joan Besolí . The judge accuses everyone of being part of a criminal organization “of transnational scope” dedicated to laundering commissions from the sale of the rights of the Brazilian soccer team by its president, Ricardo Teixeira , to an Arab company based in The Cayman Islands.
As a result of this operation, and according to La Cadena Ser, Rosell would have received 6,580,000 euros and Teixeira more than 8,3 millions: the ex-president of Barça would have channeled the payment through a company of the imputed Lebanese citizen, who would have acted as figurehead. “Between 2007 and 2011, Alexandre Rosell has carried out financial operations aimed at concealing the true origin and ownership of the funds,” said the judge in one of his records.
In addition, the judge decided to release even charged and precautionary measures Andreu Ramos and Shahe Ohannessian , a friend and classmate of Rosell respectively: both have to appear in court once a month, and the magistrate explained that their participation In fact it could be “minor”. The president of Barça was arrested two days ago in the Catalan capital, accused of laundering 15 million euros from the television rights of the Brazilian football team.