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Lance Armstrong Ordered to Stand Trial

by Mark5019 / December 15, 2005 1:36 AM PST

ROME - Lance Armstrong has been ordered to stand trial in Italy on charges of defaming cyclist Filippo Simeoni. Armstrong's lawyer in Italy, Enrico Nan, said Thursday that the seven- time Tour de France champion was indicted Wednesday and scheduled to go to trial on March 7.

Nan said Armstrong does not face jail time, but he could be fined if found guilty.


Armstrong is being investigated for pursuing Simeoni during an early stage breakaway in last year's Tour de France and reportedly threatening him for testifying about doping abuse in the trial of an Italian doctor associated with Armstrong.

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Is that an extraditable offense?
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / December 15, 2005 3:16 AM PST

They must have different laws over there, Mark. Assault I could see -- but defamation? Seems to me Armstrong was the one defamed!

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(NT) (NT) i agree
by Mark5019 / December 15, 2005 4:20 AM PST
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but defamation?
by JP Bill / December 15, 2005 10:56 AM PST

Hi Dave,

Simeoni also has a libel suit pending against Armstrong in France, stemming from Armstrong calling Simeoni "a compulsive liar" and saying Simeoni had been doping before he ever hooked up with Ferrari.

bike racers are like gods in Europe

jp Bill

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Don't know the law there obviously ...
by Evie / December 16, 2005 4:32 AM PST
In reply to: but defamation?

... but would think it was something like here where such charges would require showing harm/damage incurred as a result.

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My question...
by Dragon / December 15, 2005 11:18 AM PST how can they prove such an allegation, whether its true or not?

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Italian judges are looking more foolish all the time, but
by Kiddpeat / December 16, 2005 2:46 AM PST

are making a great case against a 'world' court.

If he doesn't race in Italy, he should be able to thumb his nose at them. Of course, the Europeans, seeing the opportunity to eliminate an American competitor, will probably help enforce any judgement.

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