No trial date has been set for Aden, but reports in Spain claim prosecutors want the maximum penalty for him and his trusted physiotherapist, Ouarid Mounir, if found guilty. Officials must bid to extradite Aden from Qatar, where he is now based.
In 2016, a spokesperson for Farah said: “Jama has nothing to do with Mo as an athlete or his training. But occasionally they are in the same place at a track for a training session alongside many other athletes and coaches from across the world. Mo is always with a British Athletics person and of course they will speak to him and be courteous if they bump in to each other but Jama has no input into Mo’s training whatsoever.”
The public spat between Farah and Gebrselassie erupted on Wednesday when the Briton said his London Marathon preparations had been disrupted by a burglary during his training stay in Addis Ababa. However, the Ethiopian then hit back by dramatically accusing Farah of assaulting another athlete, blackmail and engaging in “disgraceful conduct” while staying at the hotel. Gebrselassie, 46, told Telegraph Sport five members of staff at the hotel were held in police custody for three weeks over the theft “but the results turned out nothing… after all fingerprint and other investigations”.
Additionally, the 46-year-old said: “I’m really shocked with his behaviour and that’s what staff workers at the hotel will tell you.”
The row intensified on Thursday with the British athlete’s coach, Gary Lough, describing accusations that Farah punched and kicked a couple while staying in Ethiopia as “lies”.
“Haile’s been exposed for what he is and he’s fighting with low blows and lies,” Lough told the London Evening Standard. “It’s mistruths and exaggerations.”
Gebrselassie had accused Farah of attacking a “married athlete” in the hotel gym, but Lough dismissed claims police had looked to arrest Farah.
On Thursday it emerged the allegation related to an altercation last year with the Ethiopian athlete Sisay Tsegaye, a former pacemaker for Farah, and his wife.
“A brawl erupted inside the gym,” Tsegaye told Telegraph Sport. “I think Mo was thinking I was using his training regime to train other people. But in fact we were using videos downloaded from YouTube.” He said the fight was sparked “when one of Mo’s friends insulted me.
“When a brawl erupted, Mo kicked me around my neck. It was a minor hit. This caused disturbance inside the gym. Police came to the scene but it was resolved with mediation. But he never touched my wife.”
Tsegaye denied Gebrselassie’s claim that he intervened and mediated. “It was marathon runner Feyisa Lelisa (silver medalist in Rio) who called me from America and asked me to resolve it… Now I’m on good terms with Mo. We have found peace four days after this incident. Generally, Mo is a disciplined person but some of the people who train alongside him are not. “