Ex-President of Honduras Rafael Callejas has left the country aboard a private plane with the intention of turning himself in to U.S. authorities investigating kickbacks in FIFA, soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body.
Callejas now finds himself wrapped up in the ‘Fifagate’ scandal, as corruption allegations and match-fixing claims have surfaced in relation to matches held in South America (Conmebol) and the Caribbean, Central and North America (Concacaf).
Arturo Corrales, the country’s foreign minister, said Monday that Callejas had made the decision on advice from his lawyers. It is unknown as to where Callejas will turn himself in.
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.