The son of the previous head of world sports denounced the corruption and money laundering charges against his dad on Monday and predicted his trial at France that a”conspiracy” from the”Anglo-Saxons”.
Papa Massata Diack’s remarks came in a press conference he called in their home state of Senegal two weeks before a verdict is expected from the trial.
Diack’s daddy, Lamine Diack, was president of the IAAF, currently called World Athletics, by 1999-2015. Papa Massata Diack functioned under his dad for a consultant for the sports body. Both men are charged with corruption, money laundering, and violation of confidence, and are alleged to have used their positions to enrich themselves to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.
Prosecutors state Lamine Diack indirectly or directly solicited 3.45 million euros ($3.9 million) in bribes in athletes, many Russian, to pay their positive doping tests. Also, he used his ability to empower his son, who he used as a marketing consultant, to siphon off millions of bucks out of real estate deals, the prosecutors allege.
On Monday, Papa Massata Diack whined that the trial from June was held without him, however, he had refused to attend the event using fled to Senegal in 2015 as fees were ready. Senegal dropped to extradite him following a global arrest warrant. His son was attempted in his absence. They denied the charges.
“I refused to return to the French courts since they lacked impartiality,” Papa Massata Diack said in the news conference in Dakar, where he wore a white robe. “To submit to French justice would be to place me in the disposal of my enemies”
The younger Diack also explained the French court had no authority to try him since the entire world sports body was established in Monaco and the alleged offenses occurred in Russia, Qatar, Senegal, Japan, and Turkey. He denied taking any money. Although he earned $10 million out of his consultancy work in the IAAF, he explained all his cash was”traceable.”
He also called the charges “he greatest lie in the history of world sporting” and stated that, despite all of the records, there wasn’t any proof against him along with his dad.
However, Lamine Diack seemed to flip on his son in the trial when he insisted that Papa Massata had”conducted himself like a thug” while in the IAAF.
The Ducks’ trial subjected how corruption has been rife behind the scenes in the entire body in a time when Usain Bolt was thrilling crowds and making sports hugely common.