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Spain’s national court dismisses corruption case against Messi

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A Spanish National Court on Monday announced the dismissal of a complaint against Barcelona’s FC striker, Lionel Messi filed by a former employee of the Argentine footballer’s foundation, Federico Rettori, who had accused him of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.

Rettori, and Argentine lives in Majorca and was a former employee of Messi’s charity foundation.

In the complaint he filed in June this year, Rettori named the Barcelona striker, the charity, his father Jorge and brother Rodrigo and “all the people, as yet unidentified, who in one form or another administered or managed the funds at the Leo Messi Foundation,” the document said.

Messi’,s former employee claimed that funds received by the foundation which “should have been directed to social causes” instead went “towards various private activities or bank accounts that differed from those that were declared by the foundation”.

The judge dismissed the case because the complaint “was based on an account put together from stories in the press, without bringing even a single evidence that was personally and directly known” by the plaintiff.

 

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