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Presiding judge recommends against Rumsas release

The judge investigating the case of Edita Rumsas, the jailed wife of Lithuanian cyclist Raimondas Rumsas, has rejected a request for her release, her lawyers said Monday. Lawyers acting for Edita Rumsas had asked magistrates to free her from the women's prison at Bonneville in the French Alps where she has been held for the past two week on suspicion of drug smuggling. But the judge in charge of the affair offered a negative recommendation to the judge who authorizes the release of prisoners. The latter will make his decision known on Tuesday or Wednesday. Lawyer Veronique Coudray said

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002

The judge investigating the case of Edita Rumsas, the jailed wife of Lithuanian cyclist Raimondas Rumsas, has rejected a request for her release, her lawyers said Monday.

Lawyers acting for Edita Rumsas had asked magistrates to free her from the women’s prison at Bonneville in the French Alps where she has been held for the past two week on suspicion of drug smuggling.

But the judge in charge of the affair offered a negative recommendation to the judge who authorizes the release of prisoners. The latter will make his decision known on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Lawyer Veronique Coudray said that if the release request were turned down they would be appealing. While Rumsas, a mother of three, waits to win her freedom her husband, third in this summer’s Tour de France, is still holed up in Italy awaiting further developments with French officials keen to interview him.

Customs officers picked up Edita Rumsas on July 30 with large quantities of medication including corticoids, testosterone, EPO, growth hormones and anabolic steroids.

Raimondas Rumsas was suspended by his Italian team Lampre pending an investigation.

He has protested his innocence and after giving two clean tests during the Tour agreed to undergo further doping controls on August 9.