Bulgarian Prosecutors File Reviewed Bill of Indictment against Staviiski

Crime | November 20, 2007, Tuesday // 00:00
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Prosecutors File Reviewed Bill of Indictment against Staviiski If convicted Maxim Staviiski faces between three and ten years in prison. File photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

Prosecutors in the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Burgas submitted Tuesday the reviewed bill of indictment against world skating champion Maxim Staviiski, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated bodily harm.

Staviiski's Hummer sport utility vehicle hit two cars on August 5 on a bridge over the Ropotamo River near Burgas, while the skater was under the influence of alcohol. The accident took the life of one man and a woman was seriously injured.

Staviiski drove with 0.12 alcohol content, blood tests showed, which qualifies the incident as a criminal offence.

If convicted, he faces between three and ten years in prison.

The Burgas district prosecution refused in October to strike a deal with Staviiski and settle out of court, which would put Russian-born Staviiski, reigning world ice dance champion together with Albena Denkova, on probation for 3 years

The Burgas City Court is now expected to set a date for the start of the trial.

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