Marta Domínguez Testifies in Court and Released, Says 'I'm positive that I’m innocent'
Translated by Stewart Atkins for LetsRun.com
December 21, 2010
El Periódico, December 22, 2010
SERGI LÓPEZ-EGEA, Barcelona
Headline: Marta Domínguez, not in police custody but remains charged with doping
The track and field star said that she never supplied other athletes with doping substances
Mercedes Pérez Barrios, judge of Madrid’s 24th Circuit Court, did not hold Domínguez in custody following today’s hearing, but the athlete remains charged with committing a crime against the public’s health by distributing banned doping substances. Evidence of Domínguez’s involvement was uncovered during Operation Greyhound, the federal investigation that went public on December 9.
The track and field athlete from Palencia testified today in Madrid, accompanied by her lawyer, former professional cyclist José Rodríguez, as well as her husband. Domínguez, who is four months pregnant, answered questions from the judge and state’s attorney, as well as questions from the attorneys of Eufemiano Fuentes and Manuel Pascua Piqueres. According to federal investigators, Fuentes and Pascua represent the brains behind the doping ring discovered in Operation Greyhound.
“I didn’t profit from anything”
Following the hearing, Domínguez reiterated that she hadn’t profited from anything and that she had “never distributed doping substances to anyone.”
“There’s a lot of damage that’s been done to my reputation, and this has all been extremely painful to my family and closest friends,” said the runner. “Nothing was found in my home because I’ve never profited,” she said shortly afterwards.
“Of course I'm positive that I’m innocent,” she added. “And I’ll be back competing as soon as I recover from my pregnancy,” she said. When asked by reporters if she had to come to court today because of her involvement in this case, she answered, “I’m here because of the phone taps.” She then went on to firmly deny that she “had ever been videotaped exchanging banned substances with anyone.”
More Spanish Doping Translations:
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* 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."