Lifelong ban for Ullrich?

By Susan Westemeyer

German investigators looking into the Jan Ullrich case are waiting on a court ruling to decide if they can mail back to Switzerland documents it obtained as part of its investigation. The evidence, according to Swiss Olympic Committee member Bernhard Welten, could result in a lifetime ban from cycling.

Welten said that he still plans on holding a process against Ullrich. "If we receive further circumstantial evidence against him, then it could be that he would receive a lifelong suspension," Welten said.

The German investigators received Jan Ullrich's bank documents from Swiss investigators after a Swiss court ruling. Now a German court must rule whether the documents can go back to Switzerland, this time to Swiss Olympic Committee, which is also investigating the German rider who lives in Switzerland and last raced with a Swiss license.

According to the German news magazine Focus, the "Landsgericht Bonn" will rule on whether the Swiss can obtain copies of the bank documents and other materials gathered by the German investigators.

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