Former IAAF head Lamine Diack sentenced to 2 years in prison

By: AP | Paris |

Updated: September 16, 2020 7:00:30 pm

Former president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Lamine Diack arrives along with his lawyer William Bourdon, proper, on the Paris courthouse, Monday, June 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Former observe federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his function in a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid hush money to preserve competing when they need to have been suspended for doping.

The responsible verdict in a Paris court docket represented a spectacular fall from grace for the 87-year-old Diack, who was the highly effective head of the IAAF from 1999-2015.

The court docket additionally sentenced Diack to one other two years of suspended jail time and fined him 500,000 euros (USD 590,000).

Diack was discovered responsible of a number of corruption prices and of breach of belief however acquitted of a money laundering cost.

At Diack’s trial in June, prosecutors requested a four-year jail time period and a fantastic of 500,000 euros (USD 590,000).

Diack, carrying a white gown, sat emotionless in entrance of the chief choose as she learn out the responsible verdict and sentence.

The choose, Rose-Marie Hunault, detailed his function in the payoff scheme, dubbed “full protection,” that squeezed Russian athletes suspected of doping of about 3.2 million euros (USD 3.74 million) in hush money.

“The money was paid in exchange for a program of ”full safety,”” she mentioned, including the scheme allowed athletes who ought to have been suspended “purely and simply to escape sanctions.”

The court docket additionally handed responsible verdicts to 5 different individuals, together with Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, who labored as an IAAF advertising marketing consultant. The choose mentioned USD 15 million was funneled to the youthful Diack’s firms, together with commissions and money creamed off contracts and the sale of TV rights and different transactions whereas his father was in cost on the IAAF.

The youthful Diack lives in Senegal, which has refused to extradite him. He was not in court docket for the decision and didn’t attend the six-day listening to in June. The court docket sentenced him in his absence to 5 years in prison and a fantastic of 1 million euros (USD 1.17 million).

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