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Paralympians in sex scandals

Three members of the Jordanian Paralympic squad charged with sex offences will not be taking part in the Games, organisers have confirmed.
The three men, who appeared in court yesterday accused of committing a string of offences while in pre-Games training in Northern Ireland, are returning to Jordan.
“We have been informed by the Jordanian National Paralympic Committee that they will not be entering the athletes in question into the London 2012 Paralympic Games,” said a spokeswoman.
“The athletes have returned to Jordan.”
The men are due back in court in Northern Ireland on October 18.
Omar Sami Qaradhi, Faisal Hammash and Motaz Al Junaidi, all members of the Jordanian power-lifting squad, have been accused of a series of charges, including sexual assault and voyeurism, following complaints by two girls and two women in Antrim.
The three were released on combined bail and sureties of US$8 694 each after appearing at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court in Co Londonderry.
They have to make weekly contact with the Jordanian embassy in London before their next appearance in court. —

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