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Sexual assault charges against two Jordanian athletes are dropped

By Chris Kilpatrick

Sexual assault charges against two members of the Jordanian Paralympic squad while they were staying in Northern Ireland have been dropped.

The Jordanian Paralympic delegation arrived in Northern Ireland last August where they were based ahead of the London Games.

Three members of the Jordanian team withdrew from the Games after they were arrested by police following accusations of a string of sex offences in Antrim.

All the incidents were alleged to have taken place between 16 and 20 August.

The men had travelled to Antrim for pre-training as part of Jordan’s powerlifting team.

Faisal Hammash (36) was charged with two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Motaz Al-Junadi (46) faced one charge of sexual assault.

A court has ordered the charges against both be withdrawn.

Another member of the squad, Omar Sami Qaradhi (32) still faces charges.

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