Prosecutor calls for guilty verdicts in Kenteris-Thanou case

The prosecutor in the trial of the two one-time athletics stars, Olympic medal sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, on Tuesday recommended the conviction of all the defendants in a case involving the alleged staging of a road accident just before the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens to avoid an anti-doping test.

Addressing an Athens court, the prosecutor said the two primary defendants’ plea that the accident actually happened is “baseless”, stressing that traffic police called to the scene found no supporting evidence on the road surface, “no fragments, no liquids or anything else”, as he said.

As regards their coach, Christos Tzekos, the prosecutor stressed that no extenuating circumstances should be taken into account, pointing out that banned substances were found in a warehouse he owns.

The prosecutor also called for the conviction of the two “eyewitnesses” of the traffic accident, charging that their testimonies were replete with inconsistencies.

A court ruling will be issued within the next few days.

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