Namibian boxer arrested on suspicion of rape at Rio Olympic village


A second boxer has been arrested by police in Rio on suspicion of attempted rape in the Olympic Village.


Namibian competitor Jonas Junias Jonas was detained in connection with the attack on a female cleaner in the village, Brazil’s Civil Police said on Monday.


According to the employee who works as a chambermaid, the 22-year-old tried to grab and kiss her.


In the complaint, she also said the boxer offered her money in exchange for sex.


The victim said she ran away and went to the police.


Inspector Veloso from Recreio Police Station in the west zone of Rio confirmed that Jonas, was arrested, charged with attempted rape, and taken to Recreio police station.


He said unless he is bailed, the Commonwealth Silver medallist will be transferred to the high security prison in Bangu by the end of today.


The fighter, who was the flag bearer for Namibia in the opening ceremony, is due to compete on Thursday against the French boxer Hassan Amzille in the light welterweight category but may now not be allowed to do so.


According to the Brazilian Criminal Code, a crime of rape occurs if the attacker forces the victim to have sexual intercourse, to practice lewd acts or forces the victim into performing a sexual act.


Any sexual act that is performed without consent is considered rape.


The Rio 2016 committee spokesperson said it is a police investigation and they would be following the case. The Namibia embassy declined to comment.


The new accusation comes less than a week after Moroccan athlete, Hassan Saada, was arrested on suspicion of a similar crime in the Olympic Village.


He too is accused of attempting to rape two maid working in the athlete’s accommodation.


Saada, a light heavyweight boxer, was taken to a police station close the Olympic Stadium where he was stripped of his Olympic competitor status.


However, his wife in his native Morocco has hit back at the allegations saying all accusations against her husband were false and that he was a ‘man of high morals’.

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