Cycling champ ordered to stand trial for doping
17 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Kortrijk Court ordered 11 suspects to stand trial on Friday for alleged involvement in a high-profile doping case dating back to 2003.
17 March 2006
BRUSSELS — Kortrijk Court ordered 11 suspects to stand trial on Friday for alleged involvement in a high-profile doping case dating back to 2003.
The suspects include veterinarian José Landuyt, Herman Versele and four top cyclists Johan Museeuw, Mario De Clercq, Jo Planckaert and Kris Peers.
The court ruling came after Ghent Court ruled on Tuesday that the special investigative techniques used by police in the case were legal.
Kortrijk ruled that there was sufficient evidence to place the suspects on trial, where the case can be thoroughly examined. The court therefore refused requests from the defence to dismiss the charges.
The suspects may appeal the ruling, but only on claims of procedural errors. Museeuw was the only suspect to appeal.
Museeuw has always denied his alleged involvement in the doping case. However, a mobile phone text message appears to indicate he ordered drugs from the veterinarian Landuyt.
The case has tarnished Museeuw's achievements, widely considered the best Belgian cyclist in recent decades. He is currently cycling with Quick Step.
Triple world champion De Clercq has also been hit hard by the case. He strongly denies any involvement.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news