Benin Football Federation (FBF) president Anjorin Moucharafou, who was jailed in July for allegedly mishandling funds granted to the body by a mobile telephone company, has been set free by the country’s Supreme Court.
Last October, Moucharafou’s accusers contested his announced release from jail by a Cotonou court, appealing the decision.
The businessman, who had also faced internal crisis within the FBF that crippled the country’s football for more than a year, was recognised as the body’s legitimate president last month by the sports ministry which had long supported his rival, Victorien Attolou.
Fifa and Caf have also backed the embattled Moucharafou, even while he languished in jail.
He had been accused of mismanaging the sum of 300 million francs cfa (€459,000) granted to the FBF by a mobile telephone company between the period of 2008 and 2010.
Moucharafou has always denied any wrongdoing, maintaining that the funds were appropriately spent.
State television ORTB showed footage of the free man on a visit to the sports ministry to thank the minister for his support.