Lamine Diack, once among the most effective individuals in sports, was founded guilty in France on Wednesday of running a clique that covered up Russian doping in return for allurements worth millions of dollars and sentenced to spend a minimum of two years in jail.
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PARIS: Lamine Diack, once among the most powerful people in athletics, was founded guilty in France on Wednesday of running a clique that concealed Russian doping in return for kickbacks worth millions of dollars and sentenced to invest a minimum of 2 years in prison.
The 87- year-old former head of world sports’ governing body was condemned of taking kickbacks from athletes in return for hiding favorable drug tests, which allowed them to continue competing, including at the 2012 London Olympics.
The court had heard how Diack obtained allurements amounting to 3.45 million euros ($ 4.1 million) and paid off other officials at the International Association of Sports Federations (IAAF) to aid with the cover.
He was likewise guilty of accepting Russian cash to help fund Macky Sall’s 2012 presidential campaign in Senegal, Diack’s home country, the court ruled.
The former long-jumper’s actions had “weakened the worths of athletics and the battle against doping”, the administering judge said.
The court handed Diack a four-year prison sentence, two years of which are suspended and a fine of 500,00 0 euros. It likewise bought him to pay 5 million euros in damages to World Athletics (previously IAAF) together with his boy and co-accused, Papa Massata Diack.
Lamine Diack’s lawyers said he was a scapegoat “sacrificed in the name of political correctness”, including they would appeal the judgment which was unjust and inhumane.
He will remain under house arrest pending the appeal, which could last months.
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Diack led the IAAF from 1999 to2015 In his testament, he acknowledged slowing the handling of Russian doping cases in between 2011-2013 to save a sponsorship handle a Russian bank and avoid public scandal. He denied the corruption allegations.
At the heart of the corruption scam together with Diack was his kid, Papa Massata.
Papa Massata, who left France to Senegal after the French examination began and was tried in absentia, was sentenced to five years in prison and hit with a 1 million euro fine.
Papa Massata’s lawyers in Senegal said he was denied a fair trial and would appeal.
At the start of the trial, his Senegal-based legal representatives asked that it be held off on the premises that COVID-19 constraints meant they might not travel, yet the request was refused by the French judges.
French Detectives say Papa Massata is at the centre of years-long corruption probe that now spans Europe, Asia and the Americas, and consists of the awarding of the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo and the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro.
In 2017, Papa Massata branded the allegation that he belonged to a large corruption racket as “the biggest depend on the history of world sport.”
Four other defendants were charged in the case: Habib Cisse, Diack’s previous legal representative at the IAAF; Gabriel Dollé, who oversaw doping tests at the IAAF; previous head of Russian athletics Valentin Balakhnichev, and previous Russian sports’ head coach Alexei Melnikov.
All four were condemned of corruption offenses.
Balakhnichev, who likewise did not attend the hearing, told Reuters he too would appeal.
” I do not reside in France,” he said. “We have our own laws in Russia that protect Russian citizens.”
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