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November 3, 2014
Rugby supplements saga: Drug testing official questions timing of his arrest

Shane Charter arrives at court.

Shane Charter arrives at court. Photo: Joe Armao

A key witness in the doping case against 34 past and present Essendon players has questioned the timing of his arrest for possessing steroids, but maintains he has a strong defence. Shane Charter, a sports biochemist, former bodybuilder and now a key part of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s case against the past and present Bombers players, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday in relation to drug-related charges, including possessing steroids. He was not required to appear before a magistrate as his case was adjourned administratively until December 3. As he left the court complex, Charter said he and his lawyer had spoken with police and that his lawyer believed he had a “strong defence” in his case.
Earlier, Charter also made a brief statement to media before he entered the court complex.
He said he was to face charges related to prescribed human-growth hormone and steroids, and that his doctor had followed “correct protocol” in writing scripts legally. He also said that his arrest, in May, and the resultant charges had “political overtones”. “I feel it’s somewhat ironic that I’m the one under investigation here today and there’s possibly political overtones as to the timing of this arrest given the investigation into my activities was over a year old,” he said. ASADA issued fresh show-cause notices against the Essendon players last month. The anti-doping body had taken the notices off the table while Essendon and coach James Hird had challenged the legalities of ASADA’s investigation in the Federal Court. But the show-cause notices came back into play when Justice John Middleton ruled against the Bombers and Hird.

Hird has appealed against that ruling and his case is scheduled to be heard on Monday. Essendon chose not to appeal.