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Spain's Attorney General to launch criminal proceedings against Armstrong?

By:
Cycling News
Published:
October 18, 2012, 3:57 BST,
Updated:
October 18, 2012, 4:57 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 18, 2012
George Hincapie (US Postal) leads team captain Lance Armstrong during the 2002 Tour de France.

George Hincapie (US Postal) leads team captain Lance Armstrong during the 2002 Tour de France.

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Spanish anti-doping agency examining USADA documents

Spanish prosecutors are currently weighing up whether to open criminal proceedings against Lance Armstrong and his associates after explicit details of the group's activities were revealed in the USADA Reasoned Decision documentation.

El Pais reports that the Spanish anti-doping agency (AEA) is currently examining USADA's extensive report into "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen," with many of the illicit activities taking place in Spain.

The Spanish government did not pass anti-doping law until 2006 and so given the timing of the activities within the U.S. Postal case, the Attorney General will need to decide if there were any crimes committed against public health.

Armstrong moved from Nice, France to Girona, Spain in 2000 joining a number of his teammates including George Hincapie and Tyler Hamilton who had been there since 1997.

Two of the doctors implicated in the case, Pedro Celaya and Luis Garcia del Moral are Spanish nationals with the latter hit with a lifetime ban. Celaya chose to fight his case in arbitration. Team trainer Jose 'Pepe' Marti, another Spanish national is also contesting the charges. U.S Postal team director also lived in Valencia.

 

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