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Spain: Former FC Barcelona president Rosell released from prison pending trial01:02

Spain: Former FC Barcelona president Rosell released from prison pending trial

Spain, Madrid
February 27, 2019 at 21:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was released from prison in Madrid on Wednesday, a week before the official beginning of his trial and after nearly two years behind bars.

Rosell, who was president of Barcelona FC from 2010 to 2014, was accused of money laundering related to his role as Nike's executive in Brazil. He allegedly misappropriated money coming from the sale of TV rights for exhibition matches of the Brazilian national team and from a sponsorship contract between Nike and Brazil.

He spent 21 months in custody. Previous requests of release were denied on the basis that Rosell may attempt leaving the country, according to the judges.

Spain: Former FC Barcelona president Rosell released from prison pending trial01:02
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Former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was released from prison in Madrid on Wednesday, a week before the official beginning of his trial and after nearly two years behind bars.

Rosell, who was president of Barcelona FC from 2010 to 2014, was accused of money laundering related to his role as Nike's executive in Brazil. He allegedly misappropriated money coming from the sale of TV rights for exhibition matches of the Brazilian national team and from a sponsorship contract between Nike and Brazil.

He spent 21 months in custody. Previous requests of release were denied on the basis that Rosell may attempt leaving the country, according to the judges.

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