Jordanian team pulls three men over sex charges

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Three members of the Jordanian Paralympic squad charged with sex offences will not be taking part in the Games, organisers have confirmed. Locog said the Jordanian Paralympic Committee had withdrawn the men from their team.

The three, 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 Locog spokeswoman. "The athletes have returned to Jordan."

The men are due back in court in Northern Ireland on 18 October. Omar Sami Qaradhi, Faisal Hammash and Motaz Al Junaidi, all members of the Jordanian power-lifting squad, have been accused of charges including sexual assault and voyeurism, following complaints by two girls and two women in Antrim. The three men were released on combined bail and sureties of £5,500 each.