Judge denies bail for former Barca president Rosell

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 05, 2017 09:24 AM
Judge denies bail for former Barca president Rosell
FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, FC Barcelona's president Sandro Rosell attends a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain. Spanish authorities say former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and his wife have been detained on May 23, 2017 in a probe over his businesses in Brazil which is part of a money laundering investigation. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has denied former Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell the right to bail while he awaits trial on charges of money laundering.

Judge Camren Lamela ruled on Tuesday against a request by his lawyers to set bail for Rosell.

She said in a statement that Rosell presents "risks of flight, the destruction of evidence and continued criminal acts."

Rosell was arrested on May 25 as part of a money-laundering investigation related to buying television rights for past matches of Brazil's national team.

Authorities alleged that Rosell could have helped launder nearly 15 million euros ($16.8 million) through tax havens between 2007 and 2011.

Rosell has denied any wrongdoing.

Rosell, a former Nike executive in Brazil who presided Barcelona from 2010-14, will also stand trial in a separate case regarding fraud and corruption charges for the transfer of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. Rosell has also denied any wrongdoing in that case.

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