Jan Ullrich has won his first legal battle in the Operation Puerto doping scandal. Over the weekend, a court in Hamburg, Germany, issued a temporary injunction against Prof. Dr. Werner Franke, at Ullrich's request.
Franke may no longer claim that Ullrich paid €35,000 in one year for doping products. If he makes this claim publicly again, Franke will be subject to a fine of up to €250,000 or 6 months imprisonment, according to www.janullrich.de.
Franke told the German sports press agency sid on Monday afternoon that he was not aware of the injunction and that he would find such a procedure "bizarre". He noted that he had simply repeated what stands in the documents produced by the Spanish investigators. In the meantime, the documents have been reproduced by many newspapers, and Franke asks, "Does Herr Ullrich want to sue all those media organs, too?"