Diack, President from 1999 until 2015, was convicted of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison and fined €500,000 by a French.
The court found him guilty after Prosecutors argued that he directly or indirectly solicited £3.1m from the athletes to conceal their offences.
The Prosecutors alleged that Diack and his son – who is said to be the control man – In 2012, also collected $1.5m payment from Russia for the financing of presidential and legislative election campaigns in Senegal. The payment is said to have been made in exchange for slowing down the doping investigation against Russian athletes.
His son, Papa Massata Diack, who is accused of being his accomplice did not attend trial as he argued that the French court lacked jurisdiction in the allegations which happened outside France but in Russia, Qatar, Senegal, Japan and Turkey.
Diack has been under house arrest for the past two years, so, it is still unclear whether he will be spending time behind bars or will serve a suspended sentence.
A Lawyer from the Defence Counsel, William Bourdon, urged the judges to “not to take a decision that stops him (Diack) from dying with dignity, surrounded by his loved ones, on his native land”.