Ffriend gets a lifeline

March 03, 2017
Kimani Ffriend in action in the Serbian Basketball League.

Jamaican basketballer Kimani Ffriend has been given a lifeline after a judge in Serbia ruled that his case against a manslaughter conviction be reopened for one day.

Friend returns to court on March 13.

"My lawyers said in normal practise this is the position because maybe the judge recognised some mistakes and wants to ask questions to change some things, and the only way to do that is to have an open hearing in court. So we see what questions they will ask and who they will ask to come to court," the former national player told STAR Sports.

Ffriend has spent two years and eight months of his sentence, part of that period under house arrest after he was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in 2014 for the November 3, 2012 death of Serbian Nevena Dragtunovic.

The basketballer returned to court on January 25 for a hearing on an appeal against his conviction.

"They could have confirmed the three years if they wanted to be done with everything. I just have to believe that they recognised some inconsistencies and want to address those issues," he said.

"I'm staying optimistic about my chances and just trusting God with whatever the outcome thereafter," he added.

Late last year, Ffriend signed a contract with Serbian team OKK Beograd and only a few weeks ago got a new contract with the top team in the country's domestic league - Dynamic.

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