Confusion reigns as Ullrich to give DNA

30th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2007, Bonn, Germany (dpa) - A DNA comparison to determine whether Jan Ullrich is involved in an alleged Spanish doping scheme has been delayed although the cyclist has said through a spokesperson that he is prepared to provide a sample if required. German prosecutor Fred Apostel confirmed Tuesday that Ullrich's lawyers have now made use of their right to appeal against the use of his sample for the DNA comparison within the allowed timeframe. The authorities in Bonn want to compare blood bags fo

 30 January 2007

Bonn, Germany (dpa) - A DNA comparison to determine whether Jan Ullrich is involved in an alleged Spanish doping scheme has been delayed although the cyclist has said through a spokesperson that he is prepared to provide a sample if required.

German prosecutor Fred Apostel confirmed Tuesday that Ullrich's lawyers have now made use of their right to appeal against the use of his sample for the DNA comparison within the allowed timeframe.

The authorities in Bonn want to compare blood bags found at suspect doctor Eufemiano Fuentes with a DNA sample of Ullrich taken by Swiss authorities last September.

"The Swiss court will now decide how things proceed," said Apostel. "If the decision is made to hand over the sample to us then Ullrich's lawyers have a further right of appeal."

As a result, the case could take up to 18 months to reach a conclusion.

"The appeal against handing over (of the sample) is Ullrich's legal right," said Apostel. "But people can make their own minds up as to why he won't allow the comparison."

But Ullrich's spokesman Michael Lang denied that the 32-year-old had anything to hide.

"Reports that Jan Ullrich is hindering the release of a DNA sample through his lawyers isn't true," said Long.

"Jan Ullrich's lawyers clearly informed prosecutors in Bonn in writing on January 22, 2007 that he is ready at any time to provide a DNA sample in Germany."

The 1997 former Tour de France champion Ullrich has protested his innocence in the case. He was dumped by his T-Mobile team and has handed back the cycling licence of Switzerland where he resides.

Bonn prosecutors are investigating on fraud charges in the case.

Ullrich last raced in June 2006 but theoretically could race while his legal case is ongoing. However, the 32-year-old has neither professional cycling licence nor a team.

DPA

Subject: German news

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