Paris- French authorities have charged former IAAF president Lamine Diack
with corruption linked to covering up doping cases, a legal source said
The 82-year-old Senegalese, who gave up as
International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) president in
August, was charged in Paris on Monday, the source said.
advisor, Habib Cisse, a lawyer, was also charged. A doctor linked with
the federation's anti-doping measures was being questioned in custody,
the source said.
Diack was head of world athletics' governing body from 1999 until August this year when Britain's Sebastian Coe.
was not immediately available for comment. He was charged with "passive
corruption" and money-laundering and both he and Cisse were released on
bail, the source said.
His son, Pape Massata Diack was forced to
resign as a marketing executive with the IAAF after being accused of
involvement in corruption aimed at covering up doping scandals in
IAAF treasure and president of the Russian Federation,
Valentin Balakhnishev, was also implicated and stripped of his functions
by the IAAF.
The French judicial inquiry follows information
received from the World Anti-Doping Agency in August and is being
conducted by French financial prosecutors.