Sunday 01, Apr 2012
A Madrid court has declared police evidence gathered in the Operation Greyhound anti probe of Spain as invalid, which means that the outstanding charges against the accused are to be shelved.
Phone recordings and materials collected in raids, like bags of blood, transfusion equipment, and anabolic steroids could not be used, according to the ruling.
Operation Greyhound hit the headlines in December 2010 when a series of raids by Spanish police across the country saw sports doctors, pharmacists, trainers, coaches, agents and athletes taken in for questioning.
Around 14 people were suspected of involvement in the trafficking of drugs and crimes against public health.
Spain’s former world steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez was the highest profile person implicated but she was cleared of three charges last year.
“The police sought judicial authorisation to record phone conversations (of suspects) and the judge agreed without the existence of a basic and consistent investigation,” the ruling said.