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Ex-Barcelona president heads to jail for bribery

November 6, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former Barcelona club president Jose Nunez has lost his final appeal against a court verdict that sentenced him to two years and two months in prison after being found guilty of bribing tax inspectors.

A court in Barcelona has ruled that the 83-year-old Nunez must enter prison “in a period of 10 days” after rejecting his appeal to remain free until the government hears his pardon request.

The court says in a statement “a request for pardon ... does not carry an automatic right to suspend the carrying out of a sentence.”

Nunez was found guilty of having bribed tax inspectors in 2011. The original sentence of six years was later reduced.

Nunez was president of Barcelona from 1978-2000. He owns a construction company.

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