Papa Massata Diack sentenced on appeal to five years in prison for corruption
The decision of the Paris Court of Appeal was rendered on Thursday regarding the appeal trial of Papa Massata Diack. The son of the former boss of world athletics, Lamine Diack, had been retried for corruption and embezzlement last January. His conviction was confirmed this time. He thus receives a five-year prison sentence, in accordance with what was required by the prosecution. However, his fine was reduced by half. It goes from one million euros to €500,000.
The former marketing consultant of the International Athletics Federation (ex-IAAF) had been sentenced, at first instance, for complicity in a system of bribes to hide doping cases among Russian athletes in 2011. This allowed some of them to participate in the London Olympics the following year.
The Paris Court of Appeal also sentenced Habib Cissé, former legal adviser to the boss of the international athletics federation, to a three-year suspended prison sentence. A sentence less than the requisitions of the general prosecutor’s office which were three years but with only two suspended sentences.