NICOSIA, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — Cypriot police raided four premises in two districts on Wednesday and arrested a foreigner in relation to an investigation by Belgian authorities into a financial fraud and possible match-fixing case.
Police said that they acted on the request of Belgium authorities and in cooperation with Eurojust, the EU judicial cooperation unit, which coordinated action in seven countries in Europe and the Balkans.
A statement by the Cypriot police said two Belgian investigators took part in the raids, during which several computers and a large volume of documents from the premises of a 52-year-old foreigner were confiscated.
His name was not announced, but police said they are initiating the process for his extradition to Belgium.
The police said that he is wanted by Belgium on charges of forgery and using a forged document, tax-evasion and legalizing the proceeds from illegal activities, which took place mostly in Belgium.
The Belgian police said they raided the premises of the three big soccer clubs, Anderlecht of Brussels, Standard Liege and Bruges, and that Bruges Croatan coach Ivan Leko was taken in for questioning, along with other people, including soccer agents and soccer referees.
Local media reported that a total of 13 raids were carried out in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro and Serbia for the case.