TWO members of Jordan’s Paralympic team who use wheelchairs and a trainer accused of sexual assault won’t be competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

The three members of the Jordanian team were arrested after two girls and two women in Northern Ireland filed complaints alleging sexual assault by the men, police said.

 

The three have been released on bail in Northern Ireland after an embassy official promised they would be returned to face sexual assault charges.

 

The two athletes and the trainer, meanwhile, were withdrawn from competition and have returned to Jordan, according to a statement released by the International Paralympic Committee.

 

The Jordanian Paralympic Committee’s president and board said it “would be inappropriate” for the athletes to compete in the games, which begin next week.

 

“We have a zero tolerance on any misconduct and will continue to work closely with the Northern Ireland authorities to assist in their investigation.

 

However, our focus is now preparing the remaining members of the team for competition, and we look forward to taking part in what promises to be a truly magnificent sporting event.”

 

The men, who were training at a sports complex in Antrim, 35 kilometers (22 miles) northwest of Belfast, are accused of assaulting the women and girls over a four-day period, beginning on August 16, police said. The men have denied the charges.

 

Powerlifter Omar Sami Qaradhi, 31, has been charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of sexual assault against a woman and one count of voyeurism, according to charges read during a hearing in Coleraine, County Londonderry.

 

Powerlifter Motaz al-Juneidi, 45, was charged with sexual assault against a woman.

Trainer Faisal Hammash, 35, was charged with two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

 

King Abdullah has taken a personal interest in the case and promised the men would be returned for future court appearances, a Jordanian Embassy official said during the hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

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