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Namibian boxer released from custody, set to compete at Olympics

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - A Namibian boxer who had been arrested in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of sexual assault has been released and is set to compete in the Olympics, officials said Thursday.

Jonas Junius, who was the flagbearer for his country during the Olympic opening ceremony in Rio, was taken into custody amid suspicions that he assaulted a maid in the athletes‘ village, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo had reported.

"I understand he‘s been released pending further action, but he is free to compete. He‘s not been found guilty of anything as yet," International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said.

Junius is scheduled to face off with France‘s Hassan Amzile later Thursday in the light-welter category. Adams said he believes Junius "did go to the weigh-in" ahead of the match.

Junius was the second boxer to be detained by police for such an offence, after Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada was arrested for allegedly harassing two service staff members in the village.

In his case, the police statement spoke of "rape," but under Brazilian law this also covers lesser acts when they are against the person‘s will or when the person is a minor.

Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said Saada was released along with Junius on Thursday morning.

"That doesn‘t mean that the legal process is over," Andrada added.

Saada missed his turn in the preliminaries of the Olympic light-heavyweight competition because of the arrest.

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