The former head of world athletics, Lamine Diack, sentenced by a French court to four years in prison, will be allowed to return to Senegal after signing a bond with French justice, sources said on Monday.
Diack’s lawyers said a Senegalese football club collected the money to pay the bond.
Diack, 87, led the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now renamed World Athletics, from 1999 to 2015.
He was convicted in September of corruption for covering up Russian doping cases and sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended, and a fine of 500,000 euros ($ 600,000). Diack appealed.
At the time, the judge presiding over the Paris court, Rose-Marie Hunault, said Diack would likely not go to jail.
“Considering your age, you can expect parole,” she said.
Diack was being held in France on charges in a second case involving an alleged purchase of Olympic votes. His passport had been confiscated.
But a judge recently lifted the ban on leaving France for Diack, on condition that he has paid a deposit and that he continues to respond to summons, according to the order seen by AFP.
“He paid the 500,000 euros last week,” one of his lawyers, Simon Ndiaye, told AFP, adding that Diack still had “administrative formalities to accomplish” before returning to Senegal.
A member of his family told AFP that Diack should return to Dakar “by Friday”.
Senegalese Premier League club Jaraaf de Dakar, where Diack was club president, said they had sold part of their headquarters property to pay the bond.
“We sold half of Ker Jaraaf, which is 5,700 square meters. Part of the money was used to pay the bond, ”current President Sheikh Seck told AFP on Monday.
Diack had two spells at the head of the club, in the 1970s and 2000s.
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