Accused Hungarian swimmer allowed to leave S. Korea, say prosecutors

In this file photo taken August 10, 2016 Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi poses with his bronze medal on the podium of the Men’s 200m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. — AFP pic
In this file photo taken August 10, 2016 Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi poses with his bronze medal on the podium of the Men’s 200m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. — AFP pic

SEOUL, July 31 — Hungarian swimmer Tamas Kenderesi has been charged with a sexual harassment offence following the world championships in South Korea but has been given permission to leave the country, prosecutors said today.

The 22-year-old Olympic bronze medallist was formally accused of committing an indecent act by compulsion, an official at the Gwangju District Prosecutors’ Office told AFP.

She said Kenderesi had paid a deposit of three million won (RM10,330) towards any fine. The charge is a summary offence under South Korean law and will be dealt with administratively, without a courtroom trial.

Kenderesi has admitted to “thoughtlessly touching” a nightclub dancer but denied allegations of sexual harassment.

He had been banned from leaving the South while police investigated the incident at a bar in Gwangju, around 330km south of Seoul, at the weekend.

The “next procedure” would be lifting the departure ban, the prosecution official said, but did not confirm whether the swimmer had already left the country.

Kenderesi finished last in the 200 metres butterfly world championship final last week, but took bronze in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. — AFP

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