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US attorney says no plan to prosecute Armstrong

Published on Feb 6, 2013 5:48 AM
File photo of Lance Armstrong participating in a training session during the second of the two rest days of the 2010 Tour de France cycling race at the hotel hosting the US cycling team on July 21, 2010 in Pau, Southwestern France. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) prosecutors said on Tuesday they have no plans to press criminal charges against cycling cheat Lance Armstrong, despite his confession that he owes his Tour de France victories to illegal doping.

US Attorney Andre Birotte, who led a federal investigation into the disgraced rider, did not definitively rule out action, but said Armstrong's public admission had not yet changed the decision not to prosecute.

"We made a decision on that case, I believe, a little over a year ago," he said, when asked about the status of the federal inquiry into long-standing claims that Armstrong had run a doping program and had lied to federal agents.

"Obviously we've been well aware of the statements that have been made by Mr Armstrong and other media reports," he said, referring to Armstrong's bombshell confession to chat show legend Oprah Winfrey last month.

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