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the meeting, informing Mr. Bin Hammam that he would have to finance all theexpenses of the meeting. Mr. Bin Hammam agreed to this condition.6.
Mr. Bin Hammam wired USD 360,000 to the CFU, and later provided a supplementalpayment of USD 50,000 for additional expenses.7.
Mr. Bin Hammam arrived in Port-of-Spain on May 9, 2011. On May 10, 2011, hemade a 45-minute speech about his candidacy. After the speech and once Mr. BinHammam had left the conference room, Mr. Warner announced that there were “gifts”for representatives of attending associations. Mr. Bin Hammam departed Trinidad andTobago on the evening of May 10, after attending a dinner with other participants atthe earlier meeting.8.
In the afternoon of May 10, 2011, the General Secretary of the CFU, Ms. AngenieKanhai, went to Mr. Warner’s office to collect a locked suitcase, which she then took back to the Hyatt Hotel and handed over to her assistants, Mr. Jason Sylvester and Ms.Debbie Minguell. The suitcase contained a number of unmarked envelopes, eachcontaining USD 40,000.9.
Mr. Jason Sylvester and Ms. Debbie Minguell distributed the gifts during the course of the afternoon of May 10, 2011, in the hotel room that was being used as a boardroomfor CFU delegates, each of whom was invited to enter the room individually. Some of the delegates were told at that time that the cash was a gift from the CFU to theirnational association for the development of football. This is confirmed, for example,by two letters that the representatives of Puerto Rico, Mr. Labrador, and Haiti, Mr.Jean Bart, requested for customs purposes in order to transit with the money via theUS. The Panel has seen no evidence that any individuals were told in the boardroomand at that time that the source of money was other than the CFU.10.
Subsequently on May 10, 2011, Mr. Sealey, President of the Bahamas FootballFederation, who was not attending the meeting, received a phone call from theBahamas representative attending the conference, Mr. Lunn (Vice-President of theBahamas Football Federation), informing him about the cash gifts. Mr. Sealeyreported this to Mr. Chuck Blazer, CONCACAF’s Secretary General.11.
The following morning, on May 11, 2011, when Mr. Bin Hammam had already leftTrinidad and Tobago, Mr. Warner called an unexpected and unscheduled meeting thatstarted at 8:30 a.m. (the conference was due to reconvene at 10:00 a.m.). In the course