French prosecutors have recommended that former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack, along with other ex-officials of the world governing body, stand trial for their role in the Russian doping scandal, according to multiple reports.
French news agency AFP, citing sources, reports that prosecutors are seeking that Diack, who led the IAAF from 1999 to 2015, be tried for corruption and money laundering. The prosecutors are said to want five other people to stand trial. These include Diack’s son Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing consultant to the IAAF.
Diack’s former advisor, Habib Cisse, and former anti-doping director of the IAAF, Gabriel Dolle, have reportedly been recommended for charges of “passive corruption”.
While Lamine Diack has been questioned by French authorities on a number of occasions, his son has chosen to remain in Senegal and has refused to cooperate with the investigation. The probe stems from the wide-ranging uncovering in 2015 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) of an alleged system of state-sponsored doping run by Russia.
Prosecutors allege that Lamine Diack was prepared to accept funding for political campaigns in Senegal in return for lenient treatment by IAAF anti-doping officials of Russian athletes.
The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) remains suspended by the IAAF, a ban that was first imposed in November 2015 after the McLaren report uncovered widespread doping in the country’s sporting system.
The investigative judge in the case now has three months to decide on the financial prosecutor’s recommendation that Diack and the other officials stand trial.