Former athletics chief may leave France – Journal – fr

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Former athletics chief may leave France – Journal – fr


PARIS: The former head of world athletics in disgrace, Lamine Diack, sentenced by a French court to four years in prison, will be allowed to return to Senegal after signing a bond with the French justice, said Monday evening sources.
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 for Diack to leave France, provided he has paid bail and continues to respond to summons, according to the order.

“He paid the 500,000 euros last week,” said one of his lawyers, Simon Ndiaye, while adding that Diack still had “administrative formalities to accomplish” before returning to Senegal.

A family member said Diack is expected to return to Dakar on 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, or 5,700 square meters. Part of the money was used to pay the bond, ”current President Sheikh Seck said on Monday.

Diack had two spells at the head of the club, in the 1970s and 2000s.

Posted in Dawn on May 5, 2021

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