Ullrich asks Swiss court to prevent DNA hand over

By Susan Westemeyer

Jan Ullrich is going to court to prevent a DNA test of blood found in the offices of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes last year. According to the dpa, his attorneys have asked a Swiss court to prevent Swiss authorities from turning over to German investigators a sample of Ullrich's DNA.

Bonn, Germany, prosecutor Fred Apostel confirmed the action. "Now the Swiss court will decide how we will proceed. If the decision is made to let us have the sample, then the Ullrich attorneys would have the right to appeal that decision." The process is expected to take up to a year and a half.

Apostel announced last month that it would make the DNA comparison. The Swiss investigators took a saliva DNA sample from Ullrich last fall. Ullrich has been accused of fraud against his T-Mobile team in front of the Bonn court, which is now investigating the case.

"He is within his rights to try to prevent the turn over. Everyone is free to make up their own mind as to why he doesn't allow the comparison," Apostel finalized.

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