Kenya’s former sport minister was found guilty of siphoning of funds meant for athletes in the Brazil Olympics five years ago and was sentenced to six years in prison by a Kenyan court on Thursday.
A magistrate’s court in Nairobi found Hassan Wario, guilty of abuse of office in connection with the loss of funds.
The East African nation’s success of six gold medals, six silvers and one bronze in track and field Olympics in Rio was ruined by claims of corruption among senior government officials and team bosses.
Issuing a ruling in the case that started in 2018, the court gave Wario, the alternative of paying a 3.6 million shillings ($32,742) fine to avoid going to jail.
Alongside Wario, Stephen Soi, who was the team leader of the Olympics team was also tried and found guilty of corruption and was sentenced to 10 years in prison or a fine of 103 million shillings.
In a crackdown against corruption in 2018 and 2019, dozens of senior officials were charged with various crimes by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.
The Wario case is among the first of those to be concluded.