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Peru football chief Oviedo arrested in graft probe

AFP  |  Lima 

Police arrested Peru's Football Edwin early Thursday on suspicion of involvement in a "network" involving judges and businessmen, a said.

was detained in an early morning raid on his home in Lima, and other arrests were likely, said Jorge Chavez, of Lima's organized crime unit.

"There is an order to search several homes," Chavez told Canal N television.

Oviedo, 47, is being held for a "preliminary" 10-day period.

Meanwhile, a court in is expected to rule soon on a prosecution request to jail him for 24 months in a separate case in which he is accused of ordering the murders of two trade unionists at a sugar company he controlled.

Peru's national team has thrived during Oviedo's reign as federation chief, qualifying for finals in for the first time in 36 years under Argentine

Several Peruvian soccer officials had previously requested the controversial "step aside" for as long as he remained under a legal cloud, but he refused.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 22:20 IST