NNOC still waiting to hear on Junias case

26 Jan 2017 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JAN (NAMPA) – The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) is still awaiting information on Namibian boxer Jonas Junias’s first court appearance which was set for Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 23-year-old Junias, Namibia’s 2016 Olympic Games flag-bearer, was arrested in that city for alleged sexual assault on a domestic staff member at the Athletes Village during the games in August.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a Thursday media conference, NNOC President Abner Xoagub said they have not yet heard from the Namibian Embassy in Brazil on the outcome of the court appearance.
“Really, up to now we have not received any call and we are not sure if the hearing took place.”
He said the time difference between the two countries should be taken into consideration. The time difference is four hours.
Xoagub emphasised that the embassy is well aware of the Namibian nation’s anticipation with regards to the outcome of the court appearance and once done, will definitely communicate to the NNOC.
Junias has been in the care of the Namibian Embassy in Brazil since his conditional release from custody last August.
As per the Brazilian Legal Act of 1992 the terms and definitions of “Attempted Rape or Rape” and “Sexual Harassment” are categorised as one and the same crime. A guilty sentence on either of the offences could result in a prison sentence of six to 10 years.