Fuentes willing to name clients

Cycling, Spain, doping, Eufemiano Fuentes
Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes (AAP)

Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who is on trial for allegedly masterminding one of sports most notorious doping rings, said Wednesday he would be willing to give the names of his former sports clients to the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency if asked to do so.

The moment has arrived where all the world will know what is the response Spain will give to this type of conduct.

"If they felt I was useful and they asked me, I would consider it and would be willing. What I don't know is if what I would give them would be worthwhile to them or not," he said at his trial.

"If within this co-operation such a list was necessary, they would have it," he added.

Fuentes is on trial with his sister Yolanda and three other defendants from cycling teams in one of the most high-profile cases in sport over a blood doping racket, with dozens of suspects in cycling and possibly other sports.

The five are accused of endangering public health but not incitement to doping, which was not a crime in Spain at the time of their arrests in 2006 as part of the so-called "Operation Puerto" investigation.

Police raids on premises linked to Fuentes in May 2006 saw the seizure of some 200 bags of tampered blood labelled with a complex system of codes and a virtual pharmacy of performance-enhancing substances including EPO, human-growth hormone, and steroids.

Fuentes told the court at the start of his trial in January that he worked on a private basis with athletes from a wide range of sports, not just cycling, to help them deal with anaemia issues and not performance-enhancing doping.

He reiterated his innocence on Wednesday as he left the courthouse.

"Everything which I did I did in accordance with the laws in place at the time. In 35 years I have not caused any harm to any patient. To regret having carried out my profesional work as best as I could would not make any sense," he told reporters.

Earlier, a lawyer representing the International Cycling Union (UCI), Pablo Jimenez de Parga, said Fuentes should be made an example of for running possibly "the biggest doping network the world has ever seen".

"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.

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 analysed 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 professionals (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 criticised by lawyers for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) for being preconceived and incomplete.

Meanwhile, the lawyer for former professional Jesus Manzano, whose evidence opened the initial investigation into Fuentes' activity, repeated his call for all five to serve jail time as well as $233,000 to be awarded to his client in damages for the health risks the transfusions subjected him to.

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