Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack sentenced to 2 years in jail

Paris, September 16

Former monitor federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced on Wednesday to 2 years in jail for his position in a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid hush cash to maintain competing when they need to have been suspended for doping.

The responsible verdict in a Paris courtroom 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 courtroom additionally sentenced Diack to a different two years of suspended jail time and fined him 500,000 euros (USD 590,000).

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

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

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

The decide, Rose-Marie Hunault, detailed his position within 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 cash.

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

The courtroom additionally handed responsible verdicts to 5 different individuals, together with Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, who labored as an IAAF advertising and marketing marketing consultant.

The decide mentioned USD 15 million was funneled to the youthful Diack’s firms, together with commissions and cash 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 courtroom for the decision and didn’t attend the six-day listening to in June. The courtroom sentenced him in his absence to 5 years in jail and a nice of 1 million euros (USD 1.17 million). AP 

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