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Ullrich case: Germans to receive blood for DNA comparison?

Ullrich has until Jan.31 to appeal

Ullrich has until Jan.31 to appeal (Image credit: John Pierce)

By Susan Westemeyer

The alleged Jan Ullrich doping case may be taking an unexpected turn. German magazine Focus reported on Sunday that the bags of blood which were found in the offices of Spanish Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes will be turned over to the Bonn, Germany, prosecutor's office, and that the investigation report has already been delivered. Ullrich has been accused of fraud against his T-Mobile team in front of the Bonn court, which is now investigating the case.

As soon as the Spanish investigators give their ok, the "Landeskriminalamt" for the Land of North Rhine-Westphalen will pick up the blood plasma in Madrid. It will then be subject to a DNA comparison with a sample taken from Ullrich in September by Swiss officials.

Ullrich, who continues to deny all charges, has until the end of January to appeal against the use of his DNA. His attorney, Johann Schwenn, has indicated that no decision will be made until shortly before the deadline.

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