General News: Appeals court acquits Kenteris, Thanou of staging motorbike accident

A Three-Member Appeals Court on Tuesday unanimously overturned guilty verdicts against Olympic medallists Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, as well as their coach Christos Tzekos, for staging a motorbike accident before the start of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
A lower-level court had originally found the two champion sprinters guilty of lying about the accident in order to avoid a doping test, along with their coach, seven doctors at KAT hospital and two eye-witnesses of the accident.
According to the public prosecutor on the bench, who proposed acquittal, there was insufficient evidence brought before the court that the fall from the motorbike had not actually occurred in order to support the charge.
 The appeal court upheld a guilty charge against Tzekos for possession of controlled substances, imposing a prison sentence of 12 months suspended for three years.

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