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Lithuanians decry Rumsas detention

More than a hundred Lithuanians, including politicians and show-business figures, gathered in front of the French embassy in Vilnius on Friday against the detention of Edita Rumsas, wife of cyclist Raimondas Rumsas. Carrying national flags and with the French national anthem blaring the protesters criticized France’s judicial system and demanded the immediate release of Edita Rumsas from her French jail. She was incarcerated on July 30 after being caught with performance-enhancing drugs in her car. "We gathered here to pay attention to violation of human rights in France and to demand: let

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002

More than a hundred Lithuanians, including politicians and show-business figures, gathered in front of the French embassy in Vilnius on Friday against the detention of Edita Rumsas, wife of cyclist Raimondas Rumsas.

Carrying national flags and with the French national anthem blaring the protesters criticized France’s judicial system and demanded the immediate release of Edita Rumsas from her French jail.

She was incarcerated on July 30 after being caught with performance-enhancing drugs in her car.

“We gathered here to pay attention to violation of human rights in France and to demand: let the mother return to her children,” said Jogaila Morkunas, a well known artist organizing the protest.

She has been charged with arranging and supplying doping products and faces up to seven years in jail.

“Edita did not commit any crime against France and I must protest the actions of the French judiciary”, said Vytautas Kvietkauskas, an MP from Lithuania’s ruling coalition.

Other speakers launched an appeal to write letters to the French embassy and French president Jacques Chirac and to refuse to drink French wine and drive French cars if Edita Rumsas is not immediately released.