Junius Jonas awaiting bail
09 Aug 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) Namibian officials are working around the clock to secure the release of Namibian boxer Junius Jonas from police custody.
The pugilist was arrested at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday for alleged sexual harassment and is awaiting a second bail hearing.
The Namibian officials are trying to secure his release in time for his weigh-in which is scheduled for Wednesday. His first fight in the mens light welterweight category is set for Thursday.
A media statement issued by Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) President Abner Xoagub on Tuesday said to start the defence they secured the services of a legal team on Monday to get the official charges and statements from the complainant and her witness.
At that stage we realised that the legal system and definition of 'attempted rape or rape' and 'sexual harassment' are the same since 1992 in the Brazilian legal system, which makes the allegations a serious crime, requiring the Namibian team to change and gear up our approach, Xoagub said.
The language barrier grossly impacted the first application for bail.
Team Namibia was expected to launch the second bail application within 12 hours from 11h00 Namibian time on Tuesday, with the help of a senior criminal lawyer and the support of the Namibian Embassy, the International Olympic Committee legal team and the Local Games Organising Committee.
We appeal to all Namibians to keeps us in their prayers and stand behind us. The team is positive and we believe in the innocence of our boxer and flag bearer. As the case is still in progress we cannot share the details and approach widely as it may impact our defence and submission, he added.
Meanwhile, no other Namibian athlete was scheduled to compete on Tuesday .