French police releases CAF president without any charge

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad detained and released the same day in Paris
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad detained and released the same day in Paris

French police has released without any charges, Ahmad Ahmad, the President of the Confederation of African Football, (CAF) the same day they arrested him in his Paris hotel on Thursday, to probe a CAF deal involving a French company, Technical Steel.

The 58-year-old Ahmad, also vice president of football's world governing body, FIFA, is in Paris for the 69th FIFA Congress as well as the Women's World Cup. After the FIFA Congress on Wednesday, he was picked up at his hotel on Thursday morning with very little information from the police.

By the afternoon, there was confirmation that Ahmad had been detained in Paris by the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial and Tax Offences (Oclif).  FIFA confirmed the French probe and said it had requested more information.

The French police investagation is over allegations that CAF terminated a contract with German equipment manufacturer Puma in favour of Technical Steel and Ahmad is accused of having influenced this decision, standing to be rewarded with up to $830,000. He has denied the allegations.

However, the former Madagascar Football Association President denied the allegations insisting ‘‘All decisions were taken in a collective and transparent manner.”

French police discharge CAF president Ahmad Ahmad without any charges

Just as he was arrested, Ahmad was released on Thursday evening without much information, but the a release from CAF explained:

"The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), questioned in Paris on June 6th by the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial and Fiscal Offences (OCLCIFF), was released from police custody without charges, the Marseille Prosecutor, Mr Xavier Tarabeux, announced on Friday at Agence France Presse."

He will go ahead with his schedule of being in Paris and will join the FIFA Executive Council members to watch the opening game of the Women's World Cup between France and South Korea after which he will return to Cairo for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which kicks off on June 21.

Amr Fahmy CAF's Secretary General has been fired for his allegations against Ahmad

Former General Secretary reports to FIFA

This is one of several allegations of corruption made against the CAF president by Amr Fahmy, the former Secretary General of the continental body to FIFA presenting a document containing his allegations.

Fahmy, who was fired in April by the CAF  Executive Committee for his conduct, among other things said he had been ordered by the president to pay bribes of $20,000 (€17,700) into accounts of African football association presidents

Fahmy, who is from Egypt, in the document to FIFA, also accused Ahmad of harassing four female members of CAF’s staff, seeking to increase Moroccan representation within the organisation against its statutes and over-spending more than $400,000 of CAF money on vehicles in Egypt and Madagascar, where a satellite office has been set up in his home nation.