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SENEGAL – Lamine Diack expected in Dakar this week

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Former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lamine Diack, is expected to be in Senegal this week according to his lawyers. Rumors of his return to the country this Sunday, May 2, 2021 were agitated but the former mayor of Dakar has not yet received his passport, confiscated since his arrest in 2015 by the French justice, according to his lawyer Me Simon Ndiaye on Radio Futurs Médias (RFM). However, the black dress ensures that Lamine Diack will be able to celebrate Koretia (end of Ramadan) with her family by benefiting from a provisional release, made possible by the bail of 327 million FCFA paid by the football club, the Jaraaf.

Lamine Diack will soon be free. The football club, Jaraaf, of which he was president, paid his bail of 327 million FCFA, a condition required to ensure his provisional release. The man, who has been absent from Senegal since 2015, should be able to reunite with his family and spend the feast of Eid el Fitr (Korita) marking the end of Ramadan in less than ten days. His lawyers are in final settings to complete the proceedings of his return to the country of Teranga. The much appreciated gesture of the Medina football club, the Jaraaf, will allow its former president to return to his native country.

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Lamine Diack, 86 years old, is accused of corruption and money laundering in the context of the doping scandal in Russia.He was arrested on 1 November 2015 and placed under house arrest in Paris. His trial began in June 2019. The French justice accuses him of having accepted payments of more than 3 million euros to cover cheating. Accusations that the former head of the governing structure of world athletics totally rejected considering that he received money from his supporters after the fire of his house.

In January 2016, the investigation report of the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency reported that Lamine Diack used her position as president to install one of her sons and a friend as employees of IAAF. The French newspaper, Le Monde, claimed on 3 March 2017 that Massata, the son of Lamine Diack, had received US$1.5 million from a Brazilian businessman, Arthur Soares, for the election of Rio de Janeiro, as organizer.

       

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