Former track federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his part in a scheme that enabled Russian athletes that paid hush money to keep rival when they ought to have been suspended for doping.
The guilty verdict at a Paris courtroom represented a dramatic fall from grace for its 87-year-old Diack, that had been the effective head of the IAAF from 1999-2015. The court sentenced Diack to another 2 decades of suspended prison time and fined him 500,000 euros ($590,000).
Diack was found guilty of numerous corruption charges and violations of trust but instead of a money laundering charge.
In Diack’s trial in June, prosecutors asked a four-year prison sentence and a fine of 500,000 euros ($590,000).
Diack, sporting a white robe, sat impassively in the front of the main judge because she read the guilty verdict and sentence. The judge, Rose-Marie Hunault, detailed his part in the payoff strategy, dubbed”complete coverage,” that squeezed Russian athletes suspected of doping of roughly 3.2 million euros ($3.74 million) in hush money.
“The cash was paid for a schedule complete defense,”’ she stated, including the strategy enabled athletes that have to have been frozen”purely and simply to escape sanctions.”
The court handed guilty verdicts to five different individuals, such as Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, who was employed as an IAAF advertising adviser. The judge stated $15 million has been funneled into the younger Diack’s businesses, including money and commissions creamed off contracts and the sale of TV rights and other trades while his dad was in charge of the IAAF.
The younger Diack resides in Senegal, which has refused to extradite him. He wasn’t in court for the verdict and didn’t attend the six-day hearing in June.