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Five more arrests in Austrian doping case

By:
Peter Hymas
Published:
April 04, 2009, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:06 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for April 4, 2009

Prosecutors in Austria confirmed that there were five more people arrested in a sweeping doping...

Prosecutors in Austria confirmed that there were five more people arrested in a sweeping doping investigation. The Vienna prosecutor's spokesman Gerald Jarosch announced that four Austrians and one Slovak were taken into custody, and that investigators had seized doping products valued at 200,000 euro in raids on suspects' houses.

While officials have not released the names of the five who were taken into custody, reports identified the Slovakian national as "Alexander N., 39" and one of the Austrian as "businessman Gerhard D., 51." The suspects are accused of supplying doping products mostly through Austrian fitness centers.

Jarosch added that Kohl's manager Stefan Matschiner remained in custody for an ongoing investigation into his involvement in doping athletes. Earlier this week Kohl detailed how his manager assisted him with doping, and after interrogations, Matschiner reportedly confessed to his involvement.

The prosecutors are currently investigating some 70 additional suspects who allegedly purchased products from the five suspects.

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