Sene­gal re­fuses French re­quest to ques­tion Di­ack

New Straits Times - - Sport -

They should come to Sene­gal to in­ves­ti­gate and I can re­spond for­mally in­stead of or­gan­is­ing leaks in the press.

PAPA MAS­SATA DI­ACK

Sene­galese au­thor­i­ties have blankly re­fused to al­low French judges to ques­tion Papa Mas­sata Di­ack as part of a cor­rup­tion probe into his fa­ther, dis­graced for­mer IAAF chief Lamine Di­ack, ju­di­cial sources said on Tues­day.

Both Papa Mas­sata Di­ack and his 83-year-old fa­ther face charges in France over mil­lions of dol­lars paid to cover up dop­ing fail­ures by Rus­sian ath­letes.

Lamine Di­ack is barred from leav­ing France, while Papa Mas­sata Di­ack has been in hid­ing in Dakar where Sene­galese au­thor­i­ties have re­fused to ex­tra­dite him.

Also im­pli­cated in pos­si­ble cor­rup­tion over the award­ing of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio, Papa Mas­sata Di­ack has slammed the French in­ves­ti­ga­tion as a “witch hunt” against him.

“They should come to Sene­gal to in­ves­ti­gate and I can re­spond for­mally in­stead of or­gan­is­ing leaks in the press,” he said in an in­ter­view on Mon­day.

How­ever, a French ju­di­cial source said on Tues­day that in ad­di­tion to the ar­rest war­rant, a for­mal roga­tory in­ter­na­tional let­ter was sent to Dakar in May 2016 call­ing for Papa Mas­sata Di­ack’s in­dict­ment.

“The Sene­galese au­thor­i­ties have in­di­cated that they will not ex­e­cute this re­quest,” added the same source.

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