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Apr 22, 2013

Warner quits minister of security role

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has stood down from his role as Trinidad and Tobago's minister of security after being accused of embezzlement.

Warner was the subject of an investigation launched by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and although he denies any wrongdoing, he is believed to have been under pressure at home since the findings were revealed on Friday.

Warner was accused by an ethics panel of enriching himself through fraud during his time as CONCACAF president, along with former secretary general Chuck Blazer.

The pair are also accused of failing to disclose that a $25.9 million centre of excellence was built on land owned by Warner, and that Blazer received $20 million from CONCACAF.

Neither Warner or Blazer, who also claims he is innocent, co-operated with the investigation, which was based on documents and interviews.

Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar confirmed in a statement released on Sunday that she had accepted Warner's decision to resign from her cabinet.

"I wish to thank Mr Warner for his service to the government and people of Trinidad and Tobago,'' she said.

Warner resigned from his role as vice-president of FIFA in 2011 after he was accused of paying bribes to Caribbean associations.