European police raid Bahrain cycling team and seize evidence

European agency Eurojust reported on Friday that police investigating the doping case of Bahraini cycling team Victorius seized 450 tablets of an unknown substance from a home in Slovenia during raids across Europe.

They searched the homes of runners and staff, as well as the team’s hotel in Denmark, this week ahead of a three-week race starting Friday in Copenhagen.

In a statement released on Friday, the European Union’s criminal justice cooperation agency Eurojust said 14 properties in 6 countries were inspected and three people questioned.

“412 tablets of unknown brown content and 67 tablets of unknown white content were found” on property in Slovenia, where a mobile phone was also confiscated, she added.

Items were also seized in Belgium, Italy and Poland, as well as computers, phones and other electronic devices.

The police searched the property in Spain and seized what could be evidence.

The investigation was launched in May last year, led by prosecutors in Marseille, France, according to Eurojust, who explained that the purpose of the investigation was “the suspicion of doping violations involving an international cycling team.”

The French police also ransacked the Bahraini government-backed team (Victorius) during last year’s race.

Source: AB

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