Three men from the Jordanian Paralympic squad have appeared in court in Coleraine, charged in connection with allegations of sexual assault in Co Antrim.

Powerlifter Omar Sami Qaradhi, 31, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, two of them against children, and one count of voyeurism.

His fellow powerlifter Motaz Al-Junaidi, 45, faces one charge of sexual assault against a woman.

Trainer Faisal Hammash, 35, has been charged with two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The three men, who were arrested on Monday night, have been released on bail.

Judge Richard Wilson set bail at £500 for each defendant and imposed a surety of £5,000 on each man.

The three men will appear in court again on 18 October.

Coleraine Magistrates' Court was told the King of Jordan has given assurances that the accused would return to Northern Ireland for trial if they were released on bail.

A representative from the Jordanian embassy in London gave evidence during this afternoon's hearing.

The alleged assaults took place in Antrim on dates between 16 and 20 August.

A number of international Paralympic teams have been based at Antrim forum in the run-up to the games.

The three accused were due to leave for the Olympic village this morning. The Paralympic Games begin next Wednesday.