Former IAAF president Lamine Diack under investigation

Published: Wednesday 4th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been placed under investigation on corruption and money-laundering charges, French authorities said.

Mr Diack, who stepped down from the International Association of Athletics Federations in August after 16 years in charge of track and field’s governing body, is suspected of taking money from Russia to hide positive doping tests.

The French office that handles financial prosecutions says a legal adviser to Mr Diack, Habib Cisse, also was placed under investigation by judges acting on evidence provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The office also says that Gabriel Dolle, who was the director of the IAAF’s anti-doping department, has been taken into custody in the south of France.

Diack is suspecting of taking at least 200,000 euros (£140,000) from Russia to cover up positive doping tests, French authorities said.

The national financial prosecutors’ office in Paris said three investigating magistrates are handling the probe.

The judges placed Diack under formal investigation on corruption and aggravated money laundering charges. Cisse faces only the corruption charge.

WADA first approached French prosecutors in August with evidence of wrongdoing, a senior official at the office said.

The official said Diack is suspected of pocketing “about 200,000 euros” to cover up an as-yet undetermined number of doping positives. The money is thought to have come from the Russian athletics federation, said the official.

Police also visited the IAAF headquarters in Monaco on Tuesday “to carry out interviews and to access documentation”, the federation said.

The IAAF said it is “fully co-operating with all investigations as it has been from the beginning of the process”.

“God knows what’s going on there,” Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko told Russian news agency Tass.

“We’ve already said that our federation had problems. The old management isn’t working there any more. Understand that there are a lot of criminal cases going on in the world right now and those are unclear cases.”

The current IAAF president is Sebastian Coe, who led the organising committee for the 2012 London Olympics. Lord Coe defeated Ukrainian pole vault great Sergei Bubka in the IAAF election in August in Beijing.

Published: Wednesday 4th November 2015 by The News Editor

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