Italian athletics coach and five locals deny doping charges

Italian Coach, Claudio Berardelli and five locals formally denied charges related to doping at Nairobi’s Milimani Law Courts as prosecutors consolidated their cases. The six who are also accused of knowingly leading Rita Jeptoo to doping have been released on bail.Prosecutors claimed that on diverse dates between August and September 2014 in Kapsabet Town within Nandi County, jointly with others not before court, conspired to administer a prohibited substance in order to injure the profession of Rita Jeptoo.
They are further accused of conspiracy to prevent the three-time Boston and twice Chicago marathon champion, who is a convicted drug cheat from lawfully exercises her profession and conspiracy to effect unlawful purpose.
Tanui, a medic by profession faces two further counts of carrying the business of a pharmacist without registration and running a pharmacy without a name and displayed certificate.
Three others, Samson Kiprotich alias Talei, Ken Kipchumba Limo and Joseph Karuri Mwangi have been accused for conspiring to use Eldoret’s St. Luke’s Orthopaedic and Trauma Hospital to unlawfully promote the use of prohibited substances.
The six appeared before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku who released them on bond-bail terms. The case will be mentioned on October 25th and 26th this year.