Prosecutors want hefty fine for Museeuw

28th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2007, KORTRIJK (AFP) - Belgian prosecutors have demanded that former world cycling champion Johan Museeuw be given a "hefty fine" as the doping trial against him and ten others opened here on Thursday.

28 September 2007

KORTRIJK (AFP) - Belgian prosecutors have demanded that former world cycling champion Johan Museeuw be given a "hefty fine" as the doping trial against him and ten others opened here on Thursday.

Museeuw, along with six riders including Mario De Clercq, Jo Planckaert and Chris Peers and four others including the chief defendant, veterinarian Jose Landuyt, are accused of trafficking and taking banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Prosecutors demanded a two year sentence, half of it suspended, for Landuyt, and an 18-month sentence, half of it suspended, against Herman Verseele, the physiotherapist who allegedly bought the doping products from Landuyt and supplied them to the riders.

Fines were demanded against 41-year-old Museeuw and the other cyclists.
Museeuw, who was represented by his lawyer at the hearing, admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs towards the end of his career last January. He is the only rider to have admitted doping.

Prosecutors are accusing Museeuw, Planckaert, Peers and De Clercq of being "guilty of distorting competitions and sullying the image of cycling".

A decision is expected in several weeks.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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