By Susan Westemeyer
Jan Ullrich continues to fight. His lawyers have asked a higher Spanish court to block the turn over of bags of blood to German investigators for DNA comparison.
According to the El Pais newspaper, the German has appealed a decision which would have sent the blood to Bonn. Ullrich's attorneys had already filed a suit in December to block the transfer. The blood bags were taken into custody in Operación Puerto. The Spanish court announced last week that the charges against Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes and the other individuals name would be dismissed.
The Bonn, Germany, prosecutor's office is investigating Ullrich for fraud, based on the Operación Puerto evidence. It obtained a DNA sample from Ullrich the beginning of February for comparison purposes. Ullrich announced his retirement the end of February.
Ullrich's attorney, Peter-Michael Diestel, said that he could not comment on the story. "The matter is in the hands of our attorneys in Spain," he told the press agency dpa.