NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Charles Mukora of Kenya became the fourth International Olympic Committee member to resign in the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, saying today that he stepped down ``on principle.''

``I was an innocent victim of circumstances. However, the president of the International Olympic Committee has advised us to tender our resignations before March 17-18 in order to put these allegations to rest,'' Mukora said. ``I have decided therefore to accept his advice on principle.''

On Sunday, the IOC named Mukora as one of nine IOC members who received under-the-table payments from Salt Lake City during its successful bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The IOC said Mukora received $34,650.

The Lausanne, Switzerland-based organization recommended the nine resign before they are ousted at an IOC board meeting in March.

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