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Edita Rumsas released, Pharmaceutical Stocks up sharply in heavy trading(2 posts)

Edita Rumsas released, Pharmaceutical Stocks up sharply in heavy tradingMe Dot Org
Oct 12, 2002 8:42 AM
By THIERRY BOINET, Associated Press Writer

BONNEVILLE, France - The wife of Lithuanian rider Raimondas Rumsas, detained for allegedly carrying suspected doping products the day her husband placed third in the Tour de France, was freed from prison on Friday.

Smiling broadly, Edita Rumsas was greeted as she left by the Honorary Consul of Lithuania Pierre Minonzio and her lawyer Veronique Coudray.

Judge Franck Guesdon decided to release her after ordering she pay 20,000 euros (US$19,600) in bail, according to Coudray.

Lawyers for the 28-year-old mother of three had filed a demand on Tuesday to have their client freed. She was detained July 28, the final day of the Tour de France, by French customs agents near the Mont Blanc tunnel as she prepared to enter Italy. Drugs that could be used for doping were allegedly found in her car.

Her husband, riding for the Italian team Lampre, placed third in the Tour, won by American Lance Armstrong.

Edita Rumsas was placed under investigation — a step short of being charged — for "offer and help in using doping products in an organized band."

She left the prison in the car of Minonzio, apparently heading for Italy. Smiling and cheerfully dressed in a bright pullover and blue jeans, she posed for photographers before slipping into the car.

Raimondas Rumsas, who was suspended by Lampre after his wife's arrest, has denied taking banned substances. All his tests at the Tour de France came back negative. He said the products in his wife's car were destined for his mother-in-law.

The rider has been called in for questioning by French police but has refused to travel to France for fear of being arrested. Last month, he was questioned by Italian police in the presence of French investigators.

French police on Sunday detained members of the Lampre team who were in France for the Paris to Tours cycling race. They were released later the same day, after undergoing questioning.

Meanwhile, Raimondas Rumsas' French lawyer, Alexandre Varaut, said Friday he has filed a complaint for defamation against Judge Guesdon for allegedly telling the Geneva weekly that the Lithuanian was "perhaps ... a rider who, thanks to doping, has earned money dishonestly." The judge was quoted by the paper in an interview.
..and Lampre's off the wagon, and should start winning again(nm)Spunout
Oct 12, 2002 11:59 AM