News : Former IAAF President Lamine Diack and his son, tried for corruption

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Former IAAF President Lamine Diack and his son, tried for corruption

The former president of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) Lamine Diack and his son Papa Massata Diack, suspected of covering up doping cases of Russian athletes, will be judged in France, sources close to the case told EFE on Monday.

Lamine Diack, 86, is accused mainly of active and passive corruption and laundering in an organized gang, and her son, former marketing adviser to the IAAF, for active corruption and money laundering.

Next to them, they should sit on the bench of the Paris Correctional Court another three people, as a result of the investigation opened in 2015 about the hiding of positives by doping of Russian athletes. The French newspaper "Le Monde" indicated in May that, in exchange for the IAAF's anti-doping services indulgence, Lamine Diack, president of that organization between 1999 and 2015, obtained Russian funds for political campaigns in his native country, Senegal.

The pact would have also allowed facilitating negotiations with Russian sponsors before the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in 2013. French Justice is competent because some of the funds could have been laundered in French territory, added "Le Monde", according to which Lamine Diack is also suspected of having allowed his son to appropriate income from the IAAF from sponsors, such as the Russian bank VTB.

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