Disgraced cyclist fined EUR 250,000 for drugs

23rd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 June 2005, BRUSSELS — The appeals court in Ghent has sentenced cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke to a EUR 250,000 fine for possession of doping products.

23 June 2005

BRUSSELS — The appeals court in Ghent has sentenced cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke to a EUR 250,000 fine for possession of doping products.

The cyclist was initially sentenced by the trial court in Dendermonde in December 2004 to a community work order of 200 hours, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.

However, the appeals court ruled on Thursday that a fine was more appropriate to the crime committed and the personality of Vandenbroucke.

Thursday's ruling means Vandenbroucke was found to be in breach of federal drugs laws rather than a Flemish sports ordinance. He was thus judged as a drug user rather than a sportsman.

The doping products — including growth hormones, adrenalin, testosterone, morphine and amphetamines — were found during a raid of Vandenbroucke's house in February 2002.

French attendant Bernard Sainz had earlier been detained during a regular traffic control. Doping products were found in the boot of his car.

Sainz had stayed at the house of Vandenbroucke the night before.

Vandenbroucke is considering appealing the ruling in the Supreme Court.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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