Rio police arrest Moroccan boxer on sex assault allegation

The Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain are pictured between trees as the sun rises in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The 2016 Summer Olympics is scheduled to open Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police say they have jailed a Moroccan Olympic boxer on allegations he sexually assaulted two Brazilian women.

In a statement, police say they arrested boxer Hassan Saada Friday for possible assaults on two Brazilian women who worked as waitresses in the Olympic Village.

According to the statement, the attacks happened on Wednesday. No other details were given.

Police say Saada will be jailed for a period of 15 days while they conduct a rape investigation. Under Brazilian law, suspects can be held for a long period of time while a case is examined.

He was due to compete Saturday. A light heavyweight boxer, he was set to fight Mehmet Nadir of Turkey in the preliminary rounds Saturday at 12:30 p.m. He was not predicted to be a medal contender.

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