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Namibian flag bearer arrested in sex assault probe in Rio de Janeiro

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Namibia’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics has been arrested in a sexual assault probe, four days after another Olympic boxer was accused of attacking two housekeepers in the Olympic Village.

Authorities said a housekeeper at the village told police she was assaulted by 22-year-old Jonas Junius, a boxer who competes in the light-middleweight division.

Junius is scheduled to fight Frenchman Hassan Amzile on Thursday.

Namibia’s embassy or its Olympic officials are yet to comment.

Brazilian law classifies as rape any sexual-related assault, and it is punishable with up to 10 years in prison.

Last week, Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada was arrested by police after allegedly assaulting two female cleaners.

A Brazilian judge ordered his detention for 15 days, pending an investigation, putting his appearance at the Olympics at risk.

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