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Six sports doping suspects charged and released in Madrid

A doctor, athletes and a cyclist were among those who appeared in court

Six of the 14 suspects implicated in the Operation Greyhound investigation into a sports doping ring were charged and freed without bail after giving evidence in court in Madrid on Sunday.

The doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, coaches Manuel Pascua and César Pérez, the athlete Alberto García, agent José Antonio Valero and former cyclist Alberto León were all thought to have been charged with trafficking narcotic substances and ordered to inform the court if they changed their address.

Last to exit were Fuentes, the doctor at the center of the 2006 Operation Puerto investigation, and Pascua, who left the court by a back entrance to avoiding waiting journalists. Fuentes' lawyer Julián Pérez Templado told the press his client "had nothing to do with the case."


The only one of the six to talk directly to reporters was García. "I am very relaxed," he said. "I have nothing to do with any of this and have nothing to hide."

The Civil Guard arrested 14 people last Thursday on suspicion of supplying performance-enhancing drugs to athletes following a series of raids. The biggest name implicated in the case, world champion steeplechaser Márta Domínguez, is expected to give evidence in Palencia next week.