In the corruption case against the background of Russian doping, the former boss of world athletics (Iaaf), Lamine Diack, will know his fate this Wednesday in Paris. Financial prosecutors had requested four years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euros against the former president of the IAAF.
The former boss of world athletics, Lamine Diack, will see his judgment tomorrow in Paris in the resounding case of corruption against a background of Russian doping that has tarnished his career and the image of sport. To punish a “huge breach of probity which caused worldwide harm”, and even if it is “at the end of his life”, financial prosecutors had requested four years in prison and a maximum fine of 500,000 euros against the former president of the International Athletics Federation (Iaaf, renamed World Athletics), during his trial in June for active and passive corruption, breach of trust and money laundering in an organized gang. Before the 32nd Chamber of the Criminal Court of Paris, the Senegalese, 87, is tried for having allowed the delay, from the end of 2011, of disciplinary proceedings against Russian athletes suspected of blood doping, in exchange for funding from Moscow. He is also being sued for helping his son Papa Massata, then marketing boss at IAAF, to appropriate several million euros in negotiations with sponsors.
Key player in the case, Papa Massata Diack, who remained in Dakar and tried in his absence, is targeted by the heaviest requisitions, five years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euros for corruption, money laundering in an organized gang and concealment breach of trust. Prison sentences have been called for the other four protagonists: the former head of anti-doping at the IAAF, Gabriel Dollé, a lawyer who advised Lamine Diack, Habib Cissé, as well as two Russian officials tried in their absence, the former president of the National Athletics Federation, Valentin Balakhnitchev, and the former coach, Alexey Melnikov.