Landis’ and EDF’s Appeals to Cut Sentences by French Court Scheduled for Hearing November 2012
Cyclist Floyd Landis along with French Company Électricité de France (EDF), who lodged appeals to cut the sentences court sanctioned against them on 10th November 2011, are scheduled for hearing in France's Versailles during November 7-9 of 2012, published cyclingnews.com dated March 29, 2012.
Reportedly, during the specified 2011 date, a French court within Nanterre sentenced Landis with suspended imprisonment for 12-months, based on the proving of a computer hacking incidence against US-situated World Anti-Doping Agency alternatively a Chatenay-Malabry laboratory accredited to WADA near Paris during 2006.
It was alleged that Arnie Baker, coach of Landis and the cyclist himself had a role in one elaborate ploy towards infiltrating the laboratory's PC network.
Actually, during November 2006, the laboratory informed about a Trojan infection on its computers that somebody carried out for possibly accessing its secret files.
It appeared that one virus-laced electronic mail was dispatched whose source was certain PC that shared the identical Internet Protocol address of Arnie Baker's computer.
Consequently, a probe in 2009 by the Interior Ministry of France resulted in taking a French man named Alain Quiros residing inside Morocco into custody following his confession about invading the laboratory's computer. Quiros acknowledged that he assisted Baker and Landis. In his confession, Quiros also told that he got many thousand Euros in payment towards breaking into the computers of Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage (AFLD) and many European corporations. Eventually, when he pleaded guilty to attacking the laboratory's computers, court sentenced him with a 6-month incarceration together with a financial penalty worth EUR 4,000.
But, during Quiros' sentencing, Landis stated that the e-mail's writer sent the included information to him namelessly. Landis decided shunning the trial. Indeed, he along with Baker refuted having anything to do with the hacking; however, prosecutors insisted that both resorted to stolen documents.
Subsequently, EDF as well as Landis legally appealed leading to the opening of one fresh case.
The Anti Doping Agency, in the meantime, is still handling the problem, while understandably, Landis, as per another case, is exposing hitherto unrevealed facts about Lance Armstrong another cyclist, and his associates.
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