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Jordan Pulls 3 Squad Members Out of Paralympics

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Jordan has pulled three squad members accused of sexual assault in Northern Ireland out of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The Jordanian Paralympic Committee says the three will be flown home later on Thursday but that they will be returned to court in Northern Ireland on Oct. 18 for their hearing.

The three men were arrested Monday northwest of Belfast where Jordan’s squad is one of several national teams training before the Paralympics, which begin Aug. 29. The men were released on bail Wednesday.

The committee said in a written statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that it decided to pull the three out of the games because it “would be inappropriate for the accused athletes to compete” in the international tournament.

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