Jordan paralympic men face sex charges in N.Ireland

By REUTERS
August 22, 2012 21:04

 
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DUBLIN - Three members of Jordan's paralympic squad were charged with sex offenses in Northern Ireland on Wednesday and released on bail after their embassy promised they would return to court.

The King of Jordan had taken a personal interest in the case, a representative of the Jordanian embassy in London said during the proceedings in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

The two wheelchair-bound power lifters and a trainer were arrested on Monday evening and accused of sexual offences involving two women and two underage girls, the court heard.

Weightlifter Omar Sami Qaradhi was charged with three counts of sexual assault and one of voyeurism on Wednesday. Two of the alleged assaults were against children.

His colleague Motaz Al-Junad faced one sexual assault charge. Trainer Faisal Hammash was charged with two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual acts.

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