Honduran ex-president ordered freed on $4M bond in FIFA case

NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge in New York has set bail for the former president of Honduras who is charged as part of a broad prosecution into soccer's governing body.

The judge ordered former President Rafael Callejas freed on $4 million bond Thursday.

Callejas is a member of FIFA's television and marketing committee.

He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud charges for his alleged role in a bribery scheme involving broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other FIFA events. His lawyer didn't speak with reporters in court Tuesday.

Callejas served as president of Honduras from 1990 to 1994.

He was among 16 new defendants named in a revised indictment that was unsealed earlier this month.

U.S. prosecutors charged 14 others in May.

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