EUR 250,000 reprieve for Vandenbroucke
15 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The Supreme Court quashed on Wednesday a Ghent Appeals Court ruling ordering cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke pay a fine of EUR 250,000 for possession of drugs.
15 February 2006
BRUSSELS — The Supreme Court quashed on Wednesday a Ghent Appeals Court ruling ordering cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke pay a fine of EUR 250,000 for possession of drugs.
Belgium's highest court ordered the case to be re-heard, this time in the appeals court of Brussels, newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' reported.
Dendermonde Court sentenced Vandenbroucke in December 2004 to a community work order of 200 hours.
Doping products such as epo, growth hormones, adrenaline, testosterone, morphine and amphetamines were found in the cyclist's house in February 2002.
Vandenbroucke appealed the ruling in the appeals court of Ghent, but the court ruled that he was drug user rather than a sportsman and imposed a severe fine.
However, the Supreme Court threw the Ghent ruling out on Wednesday and ordered the case to be re-heard.
Vandenbroucke's lawyer said the Supreme Court ruled that the Ghent court's reasoning that the cyclist was not a sportsman was insufficient.
The Supreme Court said the ruling should not be based on a moment in time but over a longer period.
The hearing in the appeals court of Brussels is not expected to be held until at least the second half of this year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news