Former IAAF Chief Lamine Diack Faces New Corruption Charges

Updated: 22 December 2015 16:15 IST

The French magistrates have filed new charges against former IAAF president Lamine Diack wherein he is accused of "active corruption".

Former IAAF Chief Lamine Diack Faces New Corruption Charges
Lamine Diack took over as foundation president of world athletics body in 1999. © AFP

French magistrates have filed new, tougher corruption charges against former IAAF president Lamine Diack in connection with cover-ups of Russian doping. (Read More in Athletics) 

An official with the Paris financial prosecutor's office said Tuesday that Diack is now accused of "active corruption." He had previously been accused of "passive corruption."

The official told The Associated Press the new preliminary charges center on suspicions that Diack bribed Gabriel Dolle, the IAAF's former anti-doping chief who also under investigation, to delay reporting of violations by Russian athletes.

The official was not authorized to be publicly named speaking about an ongoing investigation.

The preliminary charges allow magistrates more time to investigate before deciding whether to send a case to trial.

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