Thursday 14 December 2017

Namibian flag bearer arrested in sex assault probe

The alleged assault is said to have taken place at the Olympic Village (AP)
The alleged assault is said to have taken place at the Olympic Village (AP)

Namibia's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics has been arrested in a sexual assault probe, four days after another Olympic boxer was accused of attacking two housekeepers in the Olympic Village.

Authorities said a housekeeper at the village told police she was assaulted by 22-year-old Jonas Junius, a boxer who competes in the light-middleweight division. Junius is scheduled to fight Frenchman Hassan Amzile on Thursday.

Namibia's embassy or its Olympic officials are yet to comment.

Brazilian law classifies as rape any sexual-related assault, and it is punishable with up to 10 years in prison.

Last week, Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada was arrested by police after allegedly assaulting two female cleaners.

A Brazilian judge ordered his detention for 15 days, pending an investigation, putting his appearance at the Olympics at risk.

AP

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