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Rumsas charged with smuggling banned substances

7/8/2005

PARIS -- Lithuanian rider Raimondas Rumsas, facing a trial on doping charges, has been released from jail, his lawyer said on Friday.

Rumsas, who has been summoned to face a French court on charges of smuggling banned substances into France, had been detained since being arrested at his home in Italy late last month.

Lawyer Alexandre Varaut said an Italian court had agreed to his release but had ordered him not to leave his home until the trial, scheduled for November.

The rider's wife, Edita Rumsas, was arrested by French customs officers with drugs in her car on the day her husband finished third in the 2002 Tour de France. She said the drugs were for her sick mother.

Neither Rumsas nor his wife, who was released on bail three months after her arrest, has returned to France since.

Rumsas was suspended by Italy's Lampre team for failing a drug test in May 2003.