Operation Aderlass doctor faces five and a half year prison sentence as case draws to a close

There have also been developments in Operacion Puerto

Defendant Mark S. stands next to his lawyer Alexander Dann inside a courtroom in Munich on January 8, 2021 (Peter Kneffel/AFP via Getty Images)

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The doctor at the centre of Operation Aderlass, Mark Schmidt, faces a five and a half year prison sentence as well as being banned from practicing medicine for five years.

That is the demand of the public prosecutors in Germany as the blood doping case, which implicated professional cyclists and skiers, draws to a close.

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