Today the European Bridge League (EBL) has published the following statement:
The Investigation Committee has now completed the first phase of its brief in relation to the three pairs already notified.
Evidence files have been completed and presented to the pairs involved for their response. Upon receipt of their responses and any exculpatory evidence presented, the files will be forwarded to the expert panel for evaluation.
The findings will be referred back to the EBL Executive Committee and, where necessary, the EBL Disciplinary Committee.
The pool from which the expert panel will be drawn presently consists of David Bakhshi, Jon Baldursson, Per-Ola Cullin, Bas Drijver, Andrey Gromov, Mark Horton, Zia Mahmood, Marion Michielsen, Fernando Piedra, Jacek Pszczola and Peter Schaltz.
An investigation into the activities of a fourth pair has been commenced.
The EBL Investigation Committtee has been created on September 24th, 2015, in order to investigate the allegations of cheating by the two partnerships, Fisher – Schwartz and Fantoni – Nunes. Later the case of German pair Piekarek – Smirnov was included. EBL President, Yves Aubry, nominated Eric Laurant to act as Chairman of an Investigation Committee, assisted by Jan Kamras and Disciplinary Committee member, Jean Paul Meyer.
Today an expert panel has been announced and the EBL has pointed out that there is a fourth pair under investigation.
Read first EBL letter about “Investigation of allegations of cheating at EBL events”: click here »