MADRID, March 20, 2013 (AFP) – A lawyer representing the International
Cycling Union (UCI) has said that Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes should be made an
example of for running possibly “the biggest doping network the world has ever
Fuentes and four co-accused are currently on trial in Madrid charged with
endangering public health by performing blood transfusions on a number of
And in his summing up Pablo Jimenez de Parga said that if they are found
guilty, the sentences imposed by the court will show how committed the Spanish
authorities are to eradicating doping.
“The moment has arrived where all the world will know what is the response
Spain will give to this type of conduct,” he told the court.
“The sentence will be analyzed outside our country and they will not
understand it if our eyes are closed to the reality.”
Jimenez de Parga said that all five – who face up to two years in prison –
should be given heavy custodial sentences worthy of “the biggest network of
doping carried out not just in Spain, but possibly anywhere in the world”.
Moreover, he claimed that six Spanish cyclists (Angel Vicioso, Isidro
Nozal, Joseba Beloki, Unai Osa, David Etxebarria and Marcos Serrano) who gave
evidence during the trial could be charged with perjury as their testimony
“denied clear evidence”.
Magistrate Julia Patricia Santamaria was once again urged to release blood
bags that had been confiscated from flats belonging to Fuentes for analysis,
not just for the sporting sanctions that those involved may receive, but also
to “prove that a crime had been committed by some of the witnesses”.
The evidence given by the six named by Jimenez de Parga was also criticized
by lawyers for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) for being preconceived and
Meanwhile, the lawyer for former cyclist Jesus Manzano, whose evidence
opened the initial investigation into Fuentes’ activity, repeated his call for
all five to serve jail time as well as 180,000 euros ($233,000, £154,000) to
be awarded to his client in damages for the health risks the transfusions
subjected him to.