Corruption case at IAAF: Lamine Diack, sentenced to 4 years in prison

Former global athletics chief Lamine Diack arrives on September 16, 2020 at Paris’ courthouse to hear the verdict in his corruption trial along with four other defendants over Russian doping cases. – The older Diack, an 87-year-old Senegalese, who was in charge of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now renamed World Athletics, between 1999 and 2015, is charged with “giving and receiving bribes”, “breach of trust” and “organised money laundering”. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Almost four months after his trial, the former president of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF, 1999-2015), Lamine Diack now knows his fate. The Paris court found guilty, Wednesday, September 16, the former boss of world athletics for active and passive corruption and breach of trust.

The 87-year-old Senegalese has used his influence to help a corruption network bent on hiding doping cases in Russia. Thus, the person in charge is sentenced to 4 years in prison, of which 2 years are closed and 2 years are suspended. In addition, he will have to pay a fine of 500 thousand Euros or more than 330 million FCFA. Lamine Diack through his lawyer announced that he would appeal.

In addition, the court also found guilty, the 6 other people indicted in this case including the son of the former president of the IAAF, Papa Massata Diack. The latter receives the heaviest sentence with 5 years in prison and a fine of one million euros. The court upheld his international arrest warrant.

Prison sentences were pronounced against the other protagonists: 2 years suspended and 140,000 euros fine for the former head of anti-doping at the IAAF, Gabriel Dollé, and three years in prison, two of which with stay and 100,000 euros fine for lawyer Habib Cissé, who advised Lamine Diack.

Two Russian officials tried in their absence, the former president of the national athletics federation Valentin Balakhnitchev and the former coach Alexeï Melnikov were sentenced to three and two years in prison respectively, with the arrest warrant being maintained. against.

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