Prosecutor requests three months suspended sentence for De Cauwer

The Public Prosecutor in the Jose De Cauwer/Ronny Vansweevelt drug case has asked that De Cauwer be...

The Public Prosecutor in the Jose De Cauwer/Ronny Vansweevelt drug case has asked that De Cauwer be given a three month suspended jail sentence and a €1,000 fine for his role in supplying Vansweevelt with amphetamines in 1995. De Cauwer's lawyers will defend him in court on Wednesday, and will continue to press for the case to be dropped, as the events happened 10 years ago. It's expected to be another month before a verdict is reached.

"I'm a small shrimp in this process," De Cauwer told HNB. "When ten people were questioned, I was the only one that could go home straight away. Doesn't that say enough?" De Cauwer's lawyer Luc Deleu told Sporza Radio, "I find the facts to be unpunishable. The part played by De Cauwer is simply too small for him to be a key link in the doping ring around Vansweevelt. And the second thing is that the facts are 10 years old and thus out of date. OK, there was a dose of cortisone (Diprophos) found at his house in 2001, but it had expired in 1993. I don't think it would have been used. Furthermore, cortisone is not expensive and everyone can get it with a doctor's prescription."

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