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Lamine Diack may face four years in jail and a fine of up to $562,000USD.
French prosecutors requested that Diack be convicted for various corruption charges while he was president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF, now World Athletics) Wednesday in Paris.
The fine is the maximum amount that he could be charged.
Diack appeared to be playing the prosecutors, first by throwing his alleged corrupt son Papa Massata Diack under the proverbial bus, then claiming that some of the alleged corrupt activities were to save the financially-strapped IAAF.
The elder Diack also admitted fault in that he should have been more vigilant as president.
A five-year jail term has been requested for Papa Massata, who has refused—as has the Senegalese government—to be extradited to Paris.
Also on trial are the former anti-doping chief for the IAAF, Gabrielle Dolle, Habib Cisse, an advisor as well as former Russian Athletics Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov, who is the former head coach of the Russian team.