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|Senegalese Lamine Diack, Former IAAF President Sentenced To Jail In France by SIRTee15: 5:16pm On Sep 16|
The former head of global athletics, Lamine Diack, has been found guilty of corruption for covering up Russian doping cases in exchange for bribes and sentenced to four years in prison – two of which have been suspended – and fined €500,000 (£455,000).
Several other senior figures in track and field, including the president’s son Papa Massata Diack and the sport’s former head of anti-doping Gabriel Dolle, were also given jail sentences for their part in a scheme in which 23 Russian athletes had their doping sanctions waived so they could compete at the London 2012 Olympics and 2013 world championships in Moscow.
The scheme, which was called “full protection”, was said by prosecutors to have been first suggested by Lamine Diack at a meeting with the then Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, in November 2011. Diack Sr, president of what was then the International Association of Athletics Federations, then directly or indirectly solicited £3.1m from athletes to conceal their offences so they could continue competing.
It was also alleged that Diack Sr was involved in a $1.5m (£1.15m) payment from Russia to finance election campaigns in Senegal in 2012, in exchange for slowing down doping cases targeting Russian athletes.
However, the presiding judge in the court in Paris, Rose-Marie Hunault, said Diack was unlikely to go to jail. “Given your age you can expect conditional release,” she added. Diack said he would immediately lodge an appeal.
Papa Massata Diack, who was tried in absentia because Senegal refuses to extradite him, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined €1m.
The Diacks are also being investigated on suspicions of corruption in the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro and the postponed 2020 Games to Tokyo. Formerly Habib Cissé, a senior IAAF lawyer, was given a three-year sentence and fined €100,000 while Dolle was sent to prison for two years and fined €144,000.
The two others involved in the scheme, the Russian coach Alexei Melnikov and Valentin Balakhnichev, a former IAAF treasurer, were also found guilty and sentenced to three years and two years respectively. Balakhnichev also has to pay a £1.8m fine.
Also, Russia opts to pay £5m fine for doping offences as it seeks way back into the sport.
Massata Diack, Cissé, Melnikov and Balakhnichev have already been banned from athletics for life for causing “unprecedented damage” to the sport after being found guilty of corruption, blackmail and extortion.
|Re: Senegalese Lamine Diack, Former IAAF President Sentenced To Jail In France by OlawaleBammie(m): 5:41pm On Sep 16|
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