Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ world governing body from Senegal, has been found guilty of corruption allegations levelled against him and then sentenced to four years in prison, two of them suspended.
The 87 year old was charged with corruption and money-laundering offences which were linked to the Russian doping scandal.
It is reported that Diack was convicted of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and letting them continue competing.
The Senegalese was first investigated by French authorities for close to four years over claims he took payments of more than 3 million euros to cover up cheating at IAAF sporting events.
He was also given a maximum fine of 500,000 euros (£456,928).
Diack has been under house arrest in Paris since November 2015.
The judge when giving out the sentence said that Mr. Diack’s actions had “undermined the values of athletics and the fight against doping”.
Previously one of the most influential figures in world sport, Diack was president of the International Association of Athletics’ Federations – now World Athletics – for 16 years until he was replaced by Britain’s Lord Coe in August 2015.
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