Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack’s doping trial postponed to June

FILE PHOTO: Then IAAF president Lamine Diack attends the opening ceremony of the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, July 15, 2015. /VCG Photo

The trial of former President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lamine Diack has been postponed to June after new evidence emerged, a Paris-based court ruled on Monday.

The 86-year-old is accused of corruption, money laundering and breach of trust in a case where he and five other people allegedly tried to cover up the doping of 23 Russian athletes.

Prosecutors accuse Diack of asking for US$3.8 million from athletes who were suspected of doping to cover up the accusations.

The athletes allegedly paid up the money and were allowed to continue competing, including at the 0212 Olympics.

Diack’s trial was scheduled to start on Monday but was postponed after new documents were submitted o the court concerning testimony that his son and co-defendant Papa Massata Diack gave in Senegal.

The Senegalese has been under house arrest in Paris since the French police apprehended him in November 2015

He denies the charges but if found guilty could face up to 10 years in jail.

Other defendants include Habib Cisse, Gabriel Dolle, Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov.