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Bahrain based Kenyan athlete Belal Mansoor charged with defilement

Belal Mansoor Ali (centre) of Bahrain during a past race. He has been charged with defilement.

Belal Mansoor Ali (centre) of Bahrain during a past race. He has been charged with defilement.

International athlete John Yego, who is also known as Belal Mansoor, was on Wednesday charged before a Kapsabet Court with defiling a school girl .

Yego, who runs the 800m for Bahrain, was charged with defiling the 17-year-old girl and faced a second count of indecently assaulting her.

The charge against Yego stated that he committed the offence on June 2, 2013 at Tilarwa village in Nandi Central district.

Yego denied the charge before the Kapsabet Senior Resident Magistrate Mr Benjamin Limo.

Lawyer Lorene Isiaho who is watching brief for the girl, asked the court to direct the athlete to deposit his two passports, one Kenyan and another for Bahrain because he is a citizen of the two countries.

Ms Isiaho also asked the court to have the accused remanded in custody alleging that he was interfering with the case.

She produced receipts showing he bought the girl a mobile phone and alleged that he has been giving her money and lifts in his car in a bid to influence her into withdrawing the defilement case.

But lawyer C F Otieno representing Yego opposed the application to have the athlete detained in custody.

He said Yego could not abscond since he was renown international athlete who will not violate conditions set by the court.

Yego was freed on bond of Sh100,000. The case will be heard on September 25, 2013.

-Nation

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