Italian doctor embroiled in Armstrong drug scandal could face criminal charges

Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti also called for an Interpol-like agency dedicated exclusively to international doping investigations like the one used for Armstrong.

Roberti has been leading a sweeping investigation of Dr Michele Ferrari for several years, parts of which were used in the US Anti-Doping Agency's 200-page report detailing why it banned Armstrong for life and ordered him to be stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles.

"It's not finished yet but it's coming to a close," Mr Roberti said.

While Roberti would still not reveal details of his inquiry, he is believed to be investigating up to 70 people, including about 20 athletes, plus doctors, physical trainers and massage therapists.

Indictments could be the next step for those identified by the inquiry.

Doping is a crime in Italy, and Ferrari was already cleared on appeal in 2006 of criminal charges of distributing banned products to athletes.

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