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The lawsuit against former World Athletics president Lamine Diack in Paris for corruption was postponed until June

The trial of Lamine Diack in Paris was postponed until June because the former World Athletics president’s request to return to Senegal is denied

  • Lamine Diack was the president of World Athletics from 1999 to 2015
  • Diack is confronted with corruption and money laundering practices related to Russian doping
  • The 86-year-old Senegalese has been under house arrest in France since 2015
  • His request to return to his native Senegal to see his family has been denied

The trial against Lamine Diack, the former president of World Athletics, has been postponed until June and the 86-year-old’s request to return from Senegal has been rejected.

Diack, who was president of the track and field world administration from 1999 to 2015, would accuse a court of Paris of accepting bribes in exchange for delaying doping procedures against a number of athletes.

According to documents from the Parquet National Financier seen by the PA news agency, Diack received a total of 3.45 million euros (nearly £ 3 million) from athletes suspected of doping to allow them to continue to compete. Diack denies the charge.

The lawsuit of former World Athletics president Lamine Diack in Paris has been postponed to June

The lawsuit of former World Athletics president Lamine Diack in Paris has been postponed to June

The delay in the proceedings is due to documents from the Senegalese authorities who only arrive at the court on Monday. The test now runs from 3 to 22 June.

Diack, who has been under house arrest in France since 2015, asked the court for permission to return to Senegal, but the request was denied.

Diack’s son, Papa Massata, who is a co-suspect, stayed in Senegal after attempts by the French authorities to extradite him failed.

The German television station network ARD reported in 2014 that the doping case of Russian athlete Liliya Shobukovova was deliberately delayed after paying just under £ 400,000 to senior officials at what was then known as the IAAF.

Diack is struggling with corruption and money laundering in connection with the Russian doping scandal

Diack is struggling with corruption and money laundering in connection with the Russian doping scandal

Diack is struggling with corruption and money laundering in connection with the Russian doping scandal

An investigation by the governing body ended with Papa Massata Diack, Russian coach Alexei Melnikov and former Russian athletics federation Valentin Balakhnichev, who were banned from life in 2016 about the cash-for-cover-up scandal.

Lamine Diack’s legal adviser Habib Cisse was banned for life in September 2019 for his part in the scheme, while Gabriel Dolle, a former anti-doping chief at the IAAF, was banned for five years in 2016.

Melnikov, Balakhnichev, Cisse and Dolle are also defendants in the case alongside the Diacks. All deny the charge.

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