Bulgarian Appellate Court confirms skater Staviski's suspended sentence

2008-05-07 18:52:32 Xinhua English

SOFIA, May 7 (Xinhua) -- The Appellate Court in Bulgaria's coastal city of Burgas confirmed Wednesday the suspended sentence given to the ice skating champion Maxim Staviski over involuntary manslaughter and aggravated bodily harm, local press reported.

In the beginning of February, the sportsman was imposed a two-year-and-a-half suspended sentence and five years to be servedin probation over drunk driving and causing the heavy crash.

Prosecution reiterated demands for the imprisonment of Staviskiabout a month ago.

The appeal against Staviski's first sentence was filed by the parents of comatose Manuela Gorsova and the relatives of Peter Petrov, who died in the car crash caused by the defender.

The civil claim filed on behalf of Gorsova and set at two million leva (about 1.6 million U.S. dollars) was rejected and thecourt decided the girl would get 80,000 leva compensation.

The compensation demanded by the parents of Petrov was also cut and Staviiski would have to pay 180,000 leva, instead of 500,000 leva.

The deadly crash occurred on August 5 last year after Staviski veered into the opposite lane on a bridge over the Ropotamo River near Burgas and hit headlong into another car with four people riding in it. At the time of the accident, the skater had 1.29 permile of alcohol in his blood.