The Namibia National Olympic Committee
is proud to announce that our boxer Jonas Junias Jonas has been released from
detention and will be competing in his boxing bout scheduled for 17h00 tonight.
Jonas was arraigned on 7 August 2016
after a complaint by a member of the cleaning staff was lodged against him.
During a preliminary hearing in the late hours of the night on the same date
and after Jonas exercised his right to remain silent, a judge accepted a formal
charge of the offence alleged to have been committed by Jonas against him.
By virtue of the preliminary finding
by the Judge Jonas was handed over to the correctional services of Brazil in
Rio where he was to remain in custody pending the finalization of the charge
Since 7 August 2016 the NNOC with the
assistance of the Namibian Embassy in Brazil has worked tirelessly to ensure
the release of Jonas from custody so as to enable him to participate in the Rio
On 7 August 2016 the NNOC appointed a
legal practitioner to assist with the preliminary hearing.
During the early hours of 8 August
2016 legal practitioners were appointed to launch a habeas corpus in the court
of appeal for the release of Jonas. This application was filed during the late
afternoon on 8 August 2016. The application was unfortunately declined by
On 9 August 2016 the NNOC appointed
new legal practitioners for Jonas. Consultations giving instructions concluded
very late in the night on 9 August 2016 and were continued with in the early
hours of 10 August 2016.
During the late afternoon on 10 August
2016 and after the Namibian Embassy delivered a statement that it will accept
Jonas in their custody and safekeeping outside the Olympic village, a second
application habeas corpus was delivered.
The precautionary measures tendered in
this second habeas corpus were accepted by presiding judge at approximately
22h12 who ordered that Jonas must be released into the custody of the Namibian Embassy
and ready for weigh in at 07h00 this morning.
Jonas was formally weighed in this
morning shortly after 07h00 and will be fighting at 17h00 tonight.
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the
Namibian Embassy here in Rio for their assistance and support. Also to the people of Namibia for their
positive comments and support on social media in these trying circumstances.
We wish to make clear that for us the interest of the
athlete is paramount. In the last five days our entire time and energy was
spent on securing the release of Jonas to enable him to pursue his dream of
participating in the Games in the spirit of Olympiasm. Please be assured that
all officials and entities required briefing were properly briefed. In as much
as Jonas has exercised his right to remain silent we cannot and will not
disclose the merits of the case as any such disclosure may violate such right.
We have successfully completed the first phase of the
legal process. The second phase of the process is aimed at securing the
vindication of Jonas and to restore his honor and reputation.
That process unfortunately comes at a cost and we urge
the public to support Jonas by making a contribution to enable us to vindicate
Jonas. Anybody who wishes to assist financially can contact the offices of the
Namibia National Olympic Committee for banking details. Any contributions must
be clearly marked ´Jonas´.
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