France: Prosecutors request 4 years in jail for former IAAF chief in Paris

Prosecutors requested a sentence of four years in prison and up to €500,000 ($560,000) fine for former president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) Lamine Diack over corruption charges, in Paris, on Thursday. Defence lawyer Simon Ndiaye said, «On the moral level some decisions that he [Lamine Diack] made can raise questions, one can wonder, but in any case there is no element which would allow to say that one could condemn him.» Lamine Daiack's other lawyer William Bourdon criticised the lack of evidence against his client, «Only if the proof is provided in a solid, clear, precise manner. This proof is not provided, was not provided by the hard representatives of the Prosecutor's Office.» The 87-year-old Senegalese who was in charge of the IAAF (now World Athletics), between 1999 and 2015, is charged with «giving and receiving bribes», «breach of trust» and «organised money laundering.» The verdict will be announced on September 16, 2020.

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