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Egyptian sports official banned over alleged sexual assault charge in UK

The Egyptian sports minister bans Ibrahim Khalil until investigations are carried out over his alleged sexual assault during the Paralympics in London

Hatem Maher, Friday 14 Sep 2012
Egyptian sports official banned over alleged sexual assault charge in UK
Egyptian sports minister El-Amry Farouk (Photo:AL-Ahram)
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Egyptian sports official Ibrahim Khalil has been banned by sports minister El-Amry Farouk after being allegedly convicted of sexual assault during the Paralympics in London.

Ahram’s Arabic sports website said the 56-year-old would be suspended until investigations are carried out over his alleged involvement in the scandal.

Farouk is awaiting a report from the Egyptian embassy in London to begin the investigations, the website added.

Khalil was accused by a 21-year-old girl of attempting to grope hear breasts, according to British paper Daily Mail.

However, he denied being charged of sexual harassment, saying he was only handed a £375 fine for insulting the woman and police after she asked him for money.

The Egyptian embassy in London, for its part, has declined to comment on the issue, saying merely that it would send a report to the Egyptian Sports Ministry detailing the incident.

Egypt's Paralympians, who won 15 medals (four gold, four silver and seven bronze), were welcomed home by hundreds of supporters when they arrived at Cairo International Airport last Monday.

Egypt finished 28th out of 74 countries that sent athletes to compete in the event.

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