News : Anti-doping law: German government adopts leniency program – DER SPIEGEL

News : Anti-doping law: German government adopts leniency program – DER SPIEGEL

The anti-doping law is to be expanded to include a leniency program. The Federal Cabinet initiated a corresponding amendment to the law. Now the Bundestag has to pass the new regulation with which a “visible incentive” is to be created for athletes to disclose information about people behind them and criminal networks. At the same time, it should enable more effective criminal prosecution.

Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) said: “We are creating a specific leniency program to encourage insiders to disclose doping. We need this visible incentive to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to investigate this isolated area. “

An additional and specific leniency program “should show perpetrators in a clearly visible and understandable way that educational and preventive assistance is rewarded within the scope of the AntiDopG,” says the draft to amend the previous anti-doping law. The law came into force in December 2015.

So far, little evidence from top-class sport

The evaluation had shown that the investigative authorities received around 65 percent of possible information from the National Anti-Doping Agency and 25 percent from other criminal proceedings. However, there was no noteworthy number of indications from top-class sport itself, in particular from other athletes and their environment.

In the future, it is recommended that the sports associations examine the extent to which athletes could be better informed about the existence and function of the whistleblowing systems of the anti-doping agencies. At the same time, the responsible federal states are advised to set up additional doping public prosecutor’s offices. So far they already exist in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.

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