Paralympics: Jordanian trio out of Games after sex charges

By REUTERS
August 23, 2012 15:55

 
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LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Three members of Jordan's paralympic squad will not compete in the London Games after being charged with sex offenses in Northern Ireland, organizers said on Thursday.

The trio were released on bail on Wednesday after their embassy, which said Jordan's King Abdullah had taken a personal interest in the case, promised they would return to court to face trial.

The two wheelchair-bound power lifters and trainer were arrested on Monday and accused of sexual offenses involving two women and two underage girls, the Northern Irish 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.

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