Ex-IAAF chief Diack's corruption case changed to 8 June

 Lamine Diack (File)
Lamine Diack (File)

The Paris trial of Lamine Diack, the former head of athletics' world governing body who is accused of accepting millions of dollars to cover up positive Russian doping tests, has been moved back five days to 8 June, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

Originally dues to start in January, then scheduled for 3 June, the hearing is set to last until 18 June in the French capital.

The 86-year-old IAAF chief between 1999-2015, is charged with "giving and receiving bribes", "breach of trust" and "organised money laundering" and is facing a potential 10-year prison sentence for taking bribes to cover up tests showing Russian doping.

The prosecution alleges Diack obtained $1.5 million of Russian funds to help fund Macky Sall's 2012 succesful campaign for Senegal presidency election, in exchange for the IAAF's anti-doping arm to cover up offenses by 23 Russians.

Key to those accusations is Diack's son, Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing consultant for the then-International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics).

Diack junior is accused of playing a "central role" in the network of corruption and is charged with "money laundering", "giving bribes" and "aiding the receiving of bribes".

But he has refused to cooperate with French authorities and remains in his native Senegal.

Diack's former legal advisor, Habib Cisse, is suspected of having acted as an intermediary between the then-IAAF and Russian athletics and having received hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The case is being pursued by the French authorities because the alleged money-laundering happened in France, where Lamine Diack has been under house arrest since the investigation began.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Would you be keen to see the Springboks join the Six Nations?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes! The Northern Hemisphere is the future.
52% - 2270 votes
No! The Rugby Championship is still the pinnacle.
48% - 2110 votes