Papa Massata Diack. Photo credit: Seneweb

Papa Massata Diack, as indicated below, was brought to stand in front of a judge in Dakar in a first step to having him appear in French court.

This individual’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to Athletics Illustrated, while the Diacks were originally being investigated for bribe-taking, extortion and money laundering.

The recent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships that took place in Doha, Qatar were awarded to Doha by the younger Diack through an approximate $500,000 bribe process.

The world questioned the choice of Doha at the time, not knowing what was taking place.

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Papa Massata Diack, the son of disgraced former IAAF President Lamine Diack, has appeared before an investigating judge in Dakar in what could be the first step in the process to extradite him to face trial in France on charges of hiding Russian doping cases in return for cash.

Diack denied all charges, according to Agence France-Presse, but the development is nevertheless a significant one.

Senegalese authorities made no official comment about the questioning, which took place yesterday.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and IAAF have been pressuring the Senegalese authorities to hand Diack over to the French.

Lamine Diack, head of the IAAF between 1999 and 2015, is charged with “giving and receiving bribes”, “breach of trust” and “organised money laundering”.

Papa Massata Diack, who handled valuable marketing rights for the IAAF, is accused of playing a “central role” in the network of corruption and is charged with “money laundering”, “giving bribes” and “aiding the receiving of bribes”.

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