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Kazakhstan taekwondo champion released on bail in London

27 august 2013, 17:40
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Azamat Tenizbayev (L). Photo courtesy of the sportsman's personal page in VKontakte
Azamat Tenizbayev (L). Photo courtesy of the sportsman's personal page in VKontakte
Kazakhstan taekwondo champion Azamat Tenizbayev accused of sexual harassment in London was released on bail, Vesti.kz reports citing the representatives of Kazakhstan Taekwondo Federation.

The first hearing was held on August 23. Tenizbayev's lawyer managed to convince the judge that Tenizbayev signed a confession because he didn't know enough English, not because he was guilty. The lawyer asked the judge to set a a bail for the sportsman on bail and the judge agreed.

Azamat and his mother Zhazira Tilesheva, who came to London for the trial, will stay in London until the next hearing scheduled for September 5.

The 18.y.o. Kazakhstan sportsman was arrested in London on charges of sexual harassment . The incident happened when Kazakhstan taekwondo team was returning from the world championship in Mexico. The team was flying to Kazakhstan via London, where the sportsman was arrested. Tenizbayev went into an argument with a young lady sitting next to him. A flight attendant came up to them as she received a complaint from one of the passengers -- a different lady not the one sitting next to Azamat -- who thought that the young lady was sexually harassed by the sportsman. The accusation came as a surprise for the sportsmen, they both denied that anything of such manner was going on and it seemed that the flight attendant agreed that the incident was settled. But since the police later boarded the flight it must have been that the lady who complained to the flight attendant decided to file a complaint to the police.

According to the bronze-winner of the Beijing Olympics and the national taekwondo coach Arman Chilmanov, when they landed in Heathrow none of the passengers were allowed to leave the plane after the 11-hour flight from the United States . The taekwondo team was supposed to connect a flight to Kazakhstan in Heathrow. “Then four police officers entered the plane and apprehended Tenizbayev. Everyone was shocked and nobody understood what was going on,” he said.

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