June 3, 2018 – Jama Aden, the controversial Somali coach with links to Mo Farah, is set to stand trial in Spain for anti-doping offences and could face up to four and a half years in prison if found guilty.
Senior figures in the sport have confirmed to Sportsmail that Spanish authorities are pressing ahead with a case against Aden after a lengthy investigation.
The coach, whose star student is multiple world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba, was arrested in Sabadell, Catalonia in June 2016 after months of surveillance.
At the time he was escorted to the Arrahona Hotel, where he and his training group was based, and vials of EPO were allegedly found as well 19 syringes said to be preloaded and ready to use. A physiotherapist was also arrested, but none of the athletes present – around 30 – were positive after subsequent testing.
No date has been set for the trial and there could be difficulties, given Aden, who has close ties to the Qatar Athletics Federation, would need to return to Spain.
It is understood the prosecutor’s office will allege Aden put his athletes at ‘serious risk’ by providing them with up to eight types of substances and medications to enhance performance.
The scenario will draw unwanted attention to Farah. Aden was described by British Athletics as an ‘unofficial facilitator’ for Farah when he trained in Ethiopia in 2015, saying his role was to hold a stopwatch and call out lap times. They were also photographed together in 2016.
A spokesman for Farah’s media representatives, Freud Communications, said in 2016: ‘Mo is always with a British Athletics person and of course they will speak to Jama and be courteous if they bump into each other but Jama has no input into Mo’s training whatsoever.’
The Athletics Integrity Unit said in a statement on Saturday: ‘The AIU has been in close contact with the Spanish authorities from the outset of this matter. We will continue to monitor the proceedings and take any action necessary to protect the integrity of athletics.’
Peckham double shooting: 2 men have been shot in south east London – sky
Two men have been shot in south east London, with one in a critical condition, prompting police to impose emergency stop and search powers in the area.
Officers were called to the double shooting in Wodehouse Avenue, Peckham, just before 8pm on Saturday.
Metropolitan Police said the men – believed to be in their 20s – were taken to hospital, where one remains critical.
The other man’s injuries are not thought to be serious, the force added.
Armed officers were sent to the scene and an air ambulance landed at a playground nearby, while a car was pictured at the scene with a shattered driver’s window.
A section 60 order, which temporarily allows police to stop and search people without having reasonable grounds, was put in place in the area until 7am on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in Greenwich, a man believed to be in his 40s was found with multiple stab injuries in Claremont Street shortly before 6.50pm and taken to a south London hospital.