The world soccer agency FIFA has temporarily banned Mohamed bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation, from participating in soccer activity while it broadens its investigation into possible corruption charges.
This evening Hammam, Blatter and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner faced an ethics committee over charges that they offered financial incentives to members of the Caribbean Football Union.
Said the ethics comittee:
“We are satisfied that there is a case to answer [against Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner]. There is going to be a full inquiry.”
“No investigation against Blatter is warranted.”
The Guardian has a minute-by-minute account of the ethics hearing results. The committee additionally ruled that the FIFA presidential race did not need to be postponed, and would go ahead on schedule.
Petrus Damaseb, who chaired the ethics meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, explained the ban on the two FIFA execs by saying it was a necessary measure to prevent investigations from being compromised.
As for whether the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid would also be investigated by the ethics committee, Jerome Valcke, General Secretary of FIFA, said simply that “it was not discussed by the committee.”
Most reacting to the news on Twitter indicated skepticism of the comittee’s process, if not the way FIFA is governed overall:
Fiancee Todd Barker, who has flown to Doha to meet Parvaz, told the Seattle Times he received a phone call from her last night at around 9:30 p.m.
“The family and me are elated, and we’re really grateful to the Iranian authorities who treated her very respectfully,” Barker said. “It’s over.”
He added that the first words she said to him were: “I’m so sorry.” He said Parvaz should arrive in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday or the day after.
Parvaz will head to Canada shortly, reports say.
Check back here for updates on Parvaz throughout the day.
UPDATE: Seattle Times: Barker said that Parvaz told him that she had been held in solitary confinement in Evin prison in Tehran. She was questioned by Iranian authorities and kept from contacting her family during the time, but she told him that she was treated well and respectfully.
UPDATE 2: Mehr News Agency (MNA) quotes Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi discussing Parvaz’s case:
“This person had travelled to Syria and Syrian officials found something wrong with her passport, and she was deported to Iran because she holds Iranian and Canadian citizenship,” he explained.
He added, “The investigation revealed that nothing was wrong with her passport, so the order of her release was issued.”
Why it took so long for them to release her remains unclear.