French prosecutor says Lamine Diack's son was "very active" in corruption at IAAF, APNewsBreak, by John Leicester, for AP


The French investigation into the corruption at the IAAF continues. This piece, from AP NewsBreak contains most of the most current developments. Pappa Diack, the son of Lamine Diack would have been arrested, per the prosecutor, if he had been in France.

More updates to come....

APNewsBreak: French prosecutor says Lamine Diack's son was "very active" in corruption at IAAF

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In this photo taken Thursday Nov. 5, 2015, France's national financial prosecutor Eliane Houlette poses for a photographer during an interview with The Associated Press at her office in Paris, France. Houlette discusses the French judiciary's investigation into what she called "a system of corruption" at the governing body of track and field. (AP Photo/John Leicester)

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PARIS (AP) -- French authorities investigating former IAAF President Lamine Diack now say one of his sons was also "very active" in an alleged "system of corruption" that sought to blackmail athletes, with demands of money to hush-up suspected doping.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, France's national financial prosecutor said investigators have verified that Lamine Diack, who presided for nearly 16 years at track and field's governing body, pocketed "more than 1 million euros" ($1.1 million) from the alleged cash-for-silence scheme.

Evidence from the World Anti-Doping Agency that triggered the French probe suggests that a Turkish athlete, as well as athletes from Russia, was a victim of a blackmail attempt allegedly involving Diack's family, prosecutor Eliane Houlette said in the AP interview in her Paris office.

According to WADA's findings, at least one of Diack's sons approached Turkish runner Asli Cakir Alptekin a few months after she won gold in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 London Olympics and suggested she could pay to quash a doping positive based on her blood readings.

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