Marta Domínguez to Testify in Court This Wednesday

Translated by Stewart Atkins for December 20, 2010

Editor's note: reader Stewart Atkins has been translating some articles for us on the track and field doping scandal in Spain.  Below is the translation of this article

Marta Domínguez to testify in court this Wednesday

Monday, December 20, 2010

El Periódico


Madrid’s 24th Circuit Court judge, Mercedes Pérez Barrios, has scheduled a hearing for Marta Domínguez on Wednesday, December 22. The track and field athlete is set to appear in court with her attorney, José Rodríguez, at 10:00 am.  Domínguez has been accused by Federal Police of a crime against the public’s health by allegedly distributing banned doping substances.  According to Domínguez, investigators found no trace of banned substances when they searched her home on Thursday, December 9.  The various substances that were seized in the raid have not yet been analyzed.

That said, it appears clear that federal agents are in possession of strong evidence, including recorded conversations from Domínguez’s tapped cell pone, that supports their theory of Domínguez’s involvement in the scandal.  The state’s attorney of Madrid is scheduled to present the same arguments to the judge on Wednesday that were presented on Sunday, December 12,  when Eufemiano Fuentes and Manuel Pascua Piqueras appeared before the court.  Fuentes, the doctor, and Pascua, the coach, are believed to be the masterminds behind the doping ring.  The substitute judge charged them both with doping, which carries a sentence of up to two years in prison.

The state’s attorney claims to be completely convinced by the evidence presented by the Federal Police in this investigation.  It is expected that sometime this week the judge will authorize Madrid’s antidoping laboratory to begin carrying out analyses of the products seized in the raids of various athletes’ homes in Madrid, El Escorial, Palencia, Segovia, Alicante, and Las Palmas.

More Spanish Doping Translations:
*December 20:
Marta Domínguez to Testify in Court This Wednesday
*Martín Fiz: “You've got to respect Marta for all that she has done
*Jesus España: "Those Who Dope Aren't Teammates of Mine"

* 2009 European XC Champ Alemayehu Bezabeh May Have Been Duped By His Coach Into Blood Doping And Could Possibly Get Off Because He Didn't Reinject Blood
A Bag Of Blood From Operation Puerto In 2006 Was Linked To Marta Dominguez And Helped Kick Off This Probe 
*Marta Domínguez: "I've Never Dealt Drugs."
*Last Year's European XC Champ Alemayehu Bezabeh Admitted He Was Just About To Transfuse A Bag Of Blood
Bezabah apparently thought there was nothing wrong with it and for some reason we believe he's telling the truth. "He told me that he was just about to tap the bag, and when I told him that this was doping and that he couldn't be on the team, he was shocked."
*Jesus España: "It was a well-known secret"
"It's very easy to walk into a doctor's office with 7,000 bucks in your pocket (5,000 euros) and tell the doctor that 'the time has come to reach my full potential. Do anything you have to do, here are my veins. Just make me into a champion.' I could have done that."


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