By Alagi Yorro Jallow
Papa Massata was previously a marketing consultant with IAAF, and was found guilty of working with his father to divert funds through Papa Massata Diack’s companies. Papa Massata Diack was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 1 million Euros (about $1.1 million U.S. Dollars).
The court also handed guilty verdicts to five other people including,Lamine Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, who worked as an IAAF marketing consultant. The judge said $15 million was funneled to the younger Diack’s companies, including commissions and money creamed off contracts and the sale of TV rights and other transactions while his father was in charge at the IAAF.
The federation is now called World Athletics, part of the makeover undertaken by the federation to rebuild its reputation battered by the Diacks.
The judge said the Diacks worked together in diverting funds, telling Lamine Diack there was “an understanding between you and your son.”
The younger Diack lives in Senegal, which has refused to extradite him. He was not in court for the verdict and did not attend the six-day hearing in June. The court sentenced him in his absence to five years in prison and a fine of 1 million euros ($1.17 million).
The court also awarded 16 million euros ($18.9 million) in damages to the IAAF, roughly one-third to be paid by the Diacks and the rest by them and the four others found guilty.
Among them was former IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev, also tried in his absence for corruption and not in court Wednesday. The court handed the Russian a three-year jail term and ordered the confiscation of nearly 1.9 million euros ($2.2 million) from his account in Monaco, where World Athletics is based.