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Saadi Gadhafi Charged With Sporting Fraud

July 14, 2005

ROME (AP) _ Moammar Gadhafi’s son will be tried for sporting fraud, his lawyer said Thursday.

Saadi Gadhafi, the son of the Libyan leader, was banned for three months from Italy’s top division in November 2003 after testing positive for steroids while playing for Perugia.

Perugia rarely fielded him, and he signed a contract with Serie A side Udinese last month.

A Perugia prosecutor has ordered Gadhafi to stand trial in November, said lawyer Giovanni Guaglianone.

Gadhafi, 32, has denied intentionally using drugs, saying medicine he took for back pain probably caused the positive result.

Udinese said Gadhafi was out of the country and unavailable for comment.

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