Prosecutors request four-year jail term for ex-IAAF President Diack

first_img Loading… French prosecutors have requested that disgraced former International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) President Lamine Diack be sentenced to four years in prison and fined €500,000 (£448,000/$562,000). Lamine Diack again told his corruption trial that he had no idea what his son was up to Diack is on trial in Paris for corruption, influence-trafficking and laundering money. Le Monde reports that prosecutors made the request on what is expected to be the penultimate day of the trial. A €500,000 fine would be the maximum amount permitted. Earlier this week, Diack admitted that he “unquestionably” should have been more vigilant during his time at the helm of the organisation. The Senegalese official was also unable to explain why his son – co-defendant Papa Massata Diack – and associated companies transferred €600,000 (£539,000/$679,000) into his bank account between 2011 and 2015. The 87-year-old was IAAF President from 1999 until 2015 and an International Olympic Committee member between 1999 and 2013 but stood down as an honorary member in 2015 following his arrest. Diack has been under house arrest since November 2015, suggesting the chances of him serving time inside a prison are low. Papa Massata Diack, who handled valuable marketing rights for the IAAF, allegedly making millions of euros in “exorbitant” and illegal commissions, has refused to be extradited from Senegal so is being tried in absentia. He is alleged to have siphoned off €10 million (£9 million/$11.3 million) in one instance alone, when Russian bank VTB made a payment of €29 million (£26.1 million/$32.8 million) to sponsor the IAAF – since rebranded as World Athletics – from 2007 to 2011 but the International Federation only received €19 million (£17.1 million/$21.5 million). Prosecutors have requested a five-year prison sentence and €500,000 fine for the younger Diack. Given that the prosecution has been unable to extradite him to France, again the chances of him spending any time in a French prison would appear slim. Ex-advisor Habib Cissé and Gabriel Dollé – the former anti-doping chief at the IAAF – are also standing trial, and so too former Russian Athletics Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov, the former head distance coach of the Russian national team. read also:Lamine Diack pleads ignorance as absent son looms over IAAF trial It is alleged that Diack diverted Russian funds to political campaigns in his native Senegal, including Macky Sall’s Presidential bid in 2012, in exchange for the IAAF anti-doping arm burying offences by Russian athletes. Sall won the 2012 election and remains the President of Senegal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

NBA: LeBron Re-injures Groin in Christmas Day Loss to Clippers

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James suggested he re-injured his groin in the Christmas Day defeat to rivals the Los Angeles Clippers.James returned from a thoracic muscle strain as the struggling Lakers went down 111-106 against the Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday.The three-time NBA champion, who missed the loss to the Denver Nuggets, was nine of 24 from the floor and two of 12 from three-point range for 23 points and 10 assists. Speaking to reporters afterwards, James – whose first season with the Lakers was ravaged by a groin injury – said he was kneed in the groin by Clippers opponent Patrick Beverley.“I felt healthy going into the game. The second or third defensive possession I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Bev,” James said.“That kind of set me right back to where I was five days ago.”It was another disappointing outing for Western Conference leaders the Lakers (24-7), who crashed to a fourth consecutive defeat.The Lakers lost to the Clippers (23-10) for the second time this season, having dropped Opening Night against Kawhi Leonard’s team.“They got stops, they made shots,” James said. “When we got stops, we weren’t able to counter on the other end and make shots. We’ll watch the film at our next practice and see ways we can get better.“It’s a long season, it’s a marathon, so, you know, it was a great atmosphere. We had a chance to win. But they made the plays.”Meanwhile, Turkish-born centre Enes Kanter played his first match outside the US for more than a year as the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 118-102 in Canada.Kanter, 27, has been a critic of Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In January 2019, Turkish prosecutors issued an international warrant for his arrest and he told the BBC he was trapped in the US.Before Wednesday’s match he posted on Twitter “I’m Free” alongside a Canadian flag.Jaylen Brown scored 30 points and Kemba Walker added 22 to beat Toronto 118-102, ending the Canadian side’s 34-game home winning run against Atlantic Division teams.Speaking about being able to play outside of the US, Kanter told the New York Post after the game: “(It is) Definitely amazing.“I just can’t describe it with words. Just going out there was more than just a basketball game. For me, it was just going out there and living this freedom.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more