The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, has personally intervened in the case of three members of the Jordanian Paralympic team accused of sex offences at a pre-Games training camp in Northern Ireland, a Jordanian government representative has told a court.

The Arab administration promised to bring the defendants back before the court in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, during a bid for bail.

Two wheelchair-using power-lifters - one a bronze medal winner at the Beijing Games - and a trainer appeared at Coleraine Magistrates' Court today facing charges including sexual assault and voyeurism.

The squad was training at Antrim Forum in Antrim.

The trio were arrested in the town, which is around 22 miles (35km) from Belfast, on Monday night following claims of indecent assault made by two girls and two members of staff at the leisure centre. The three Jordanian Paralympic team members were released on bail on Wednesday.

Detectives were called in following separate complaints by three women in Antrim town, 22 miles from Belfast, where the three men were detained, it was reported on Tuesday.

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