The day after her 87th birthday, Lamine Diack will face French justice. According to information gathered, the trial of the former omnipotent president of the international athletics federation (IAAF, now World Athletics), between 1999 and 2015, suspected of having participated in a system of corruption intended to protect athletes Russian, convinced of doping, will be held from June 8 to 18 before the 32nd correctional chamber of the Paris court.
This “protection program” allowed doped sportsmen to continue to line up in major competitions such as the London Olympics in 2012 and the World Athletics Championships in 2013 in Moscow, in exchange for bribes.
Lamine Diack is being prosecuted for acts of “corruption”, money laundering in an organized gang and breach of trust ”. The octogenarian, former French long jump champion, under house arrest in Essonne since his indictment in November 2015, is also accused of having embezzled money from the IAAF, for his benefit and that of his son, Papa Massata Diack, former marketing consultant for the international athletics federation, on the sidelines of sponsorship contracts. The latter was referred to the 32nd Correctional Chamber in the same case.
The magistrates attest that Diack father and son are wet to the neck!
In their order for reference, the magistrates in charge of the investigation estimated that “Papa Massata Diack could only be enriched in considerable proportions to the prejudice of the IAAF with the constant and enlightened support of his father who cannot leave the sole responsibility for it to his son, consultant introduced and mandated by him ”.
In the same document, which the Team was able to consult, the judges also indicate that Lamine Diack “contrary to what he maintains, played an active role, abusing his quality as president of the institution, and effectively placed his son at the heart of the system put in place, which has enabled him to divert important upstream revenues from the IAAF funds. In addition, the same magistrates still ensure that Diack, father and son are “also at the heart of Russian corruption”.
Lamine Diack also indicted in another corruption case over the attribution of the Tokyo Olympics and the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships
Four other defendants will also be tried in this case: Gabriel Dollé, former director of the IAAF medical and anti-doping department; Habib Cissé, lawyer and ex-legal advisor to Lamine Diack; Valentin Balakhnichev, former president of the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) and former treasurer and vice-president of the IAAF; Alexei Melnikov, former head coach of long distance races at ARAF. Only Lamine Diack, Gabriel Dollé and Habib Cissé should be present at the opening of their trial. Refugee in Senegal, Papa Massata Diack is under an international arrest warrant issued on February 13 by French justice. The two Russian nationals are also the subject of arrest warrants.
This trial, which was to be held last January, had been postponed after the reception by French justice, a few hours before the opening of the proceedings, of a mass of bank documents sent by Senegal, concerning Papa Massata Diack. An improbable error in the drafting of the order for referral to the criminal court (ORTC) had also justified this referral.
However, at the end of this trial, Lamine Diack will not have finished with French justice. The former strongman of athletics and ex-member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is also indicted in another corruption case, still under investigation, related to the attribution of the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held in the summer of 2021, and the 2017, 2019 and 2021 World Championships in Athletics.