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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Swiss prosecutor close to decision in Zoricic case

Associated Press

GENEVA -- Prosecutors in Switzerland expect to complete investigations into the death of Canadian skicross racer Nik Zoricic by "the middle of this year."

Meanwhile, his family has set a June deadline for action from the sport's governing bodies.

The Bern canton prosecutor's office says its work "is now in its closing phase" to consider criminal charges relating to Zoricic's fatal crash at a World Cup race last year.

Zoricic's parents were angered by a Bern police report calling the crash "a tragic case of sporting accident ... (and) causation by a third party can be excluded."

On Wednesday in Toronto, the family's lawyers pledged legal action on June 16 if skiing's governing bodies haven't agreed to undertake their own investigations.

The International Ski Federation and Alpine Canada say they are awaiting the prosecutor's decision.