Former IAAF head Lamine Diack sentenced to 2 years in prison

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Former IAAF president Lamine Diack.

Former observe federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his position in a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid hush money to hold 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 ($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 tremendous of 500,000 euros ($590,000).

Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, was additionally on trial. The former IAAF advertising marketing consultant lives in Senegal and was tried in his absence, additionally on corruption, money laundering and breach of belief prices.

Ahead of the decision, Papa Massata Diack this week known as the fees “the biggest lie in the history of world sport.” He stated he earned $10 million from his IAAF consultancy work however all legally. He stated he skipped the trial as a result of “to submit to French justice is to put myself at the disposal of my enemies.” Senegal refused to extradite him.

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