FEI Tribunal Issues Decisions in German Cases
Saturday, June 6, 2009
The measures sought by the FEI were to be of a limited and temporary nature until the results of the Ethics Panel investigating the underlying matters are known.
The FEI’s actions resulted from widespread reports that the horse Cornet Obolensky had been treated at the Olympics in Hong Kong between competition rounds, that this may have resulted in pain or discomfort to the horse when he fell against a stable wall, that the horse subsequently competed and that neither the treatment nor the welfare issue were reported at the time as provided by the rules. The FEI case involving Björn Nolting is still open, given that he was unable to be heard at last week’s Tribunal hearing.
Regarding the matter of Dr Haring, HRH Princess Haya, FEI President, commented: “The Tribunal was not asked to judge the guilt or innocence of Hanfried Haring but instead it was asked to endorse the protests of the FEI Bureau in provisionally suspending him as a Bureau Member and FEI judge until it was established that he had no involvement in the ongoing case. This is common practice in organisations to ensure that a person who is in a position of authority is cleared first of any involvement in the specific issue, given the available evidence. Their decision underlines the independence of the Tribunal, the sole body elected by the General Assembly to decide on such matters. Hanfried Haring remains a Member of the Bureau and his fellow Bureau Members will accord him the respect that he deserves.”