Knives out for Landis

2011-10-24 18:53

Paris - The prosecutor in a computer hacking case against Floyd Landis on Monday called for an 18-month suspended prison sentence for the disgraced American cyclist.

The French state prosecutor called for the Tribunel Correctionel - a criminal court - in Nanterre just outside Paris to hand down the same suspended sentence to Landis's former coach Arnie Baker, in his case for "concealment."

They claim that both men were aware of the "fraudulous origin" of documents pirated from the French Anti-Doping Laboratory (LNDD) in 2006.

Landis and Baker stand accused of "fraudulently breaking into a computer system" in a case brought by media company Vivendi.

Landis, now 36, is suspected of illegally obtaining documentation in a bid to contest his positive dope-test results from stage 16 of the 2006 Tour de France.

He was stripped of his victory on that year's Tour, and after spending years and millions of dollars in an effort to clear his name, he finally confessed to doping last year.