This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
USA: State Dept. appears unconcerned as US swimmers detained in Rio01:15

USA: State Dept. appears unconcerned as US swimmers detained in Rio

United States, Washington DC
August 18, 2016 at 22:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Deputy Spokesman for US State Department Mark Toner attempted to brush off concerns over the search and seizure warrants issued by a Rio judge for the passports of US Olympic swimmers during a presser from Washington DC, Wednesday. The American athletes Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were both pulled off their flight before departing to the US as police continue to investigate their claims about being robbed at gunpoint.

Despite urging "American citizens to do what they can to work with Brazilian authorities to close this investigation," Toner seemed unconcerned about the status of the US athletes prior to their detention.

The two swimmers reported that they, alongside two other US athletes, had been robbed by men wearing police uniforms after leaving a party at the France House in Lagoa in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Local media reported that little evidence surrounding the robbery had been found and that there had been inconsistencies in the testimonies prompting Rio Judge Keyla Blank to issue the order.

USA: State Dept. appears unconcerned as US swimmers detained in Rio01:15
Pool for subscribers only
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Deputy Spokesman for US State Department Mark Toner attempted to brush off concerns over the search and seizure warrants issued by a Rio judge for the passports of US Olympic swimmers during a presser from Washington DC, Wednesday. The American athletes Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were both pulled off their flight before departing to the US as police continue to investigate their claims about being robbed at gunpoint.

Despite urging "American citizens to do what they can to work with Brazilian authorities to close this investigation," Toner seemed unconcerned about the status of the US athletes prior to their detention.

The two swimmers reported that they, alongside two other US athletes, had been robbed by men wearing police uniforms after leaving a party at the France House in Lagoa in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Local media reported that little evidence surrounding the robbery had been found and that there had been inconsistencies in the testimonies prompting Rio Judge Keyla Blank to issue the order.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
05:25
World's largest sustainable cargo ship made of wood built in Costa RicaWorld's largest sustainable cargo ship made of wood built in Costa Rica
November 21, 2020 at 20:30 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:53
Russia: Nature paints Munch's 'Scream' on frozen lake in Nizhny Novgorod Russia: Nature paints Munch's 'Scream' on frozen lake in Nizhny Novgorod
November 23, 2020 at 19:01 GMT +00:00
02:39
Spain: Dozens of migrant boats pile up in Canary Islands port amid record arrivalsSpain: Dozens of migrant boats pile up in Canary Islands port amid record arrivals
November 23, 2020 at 00:56 GMT +00:00
02:15
France: Police fire tear gas to disperse pro-refugee protest in ParisFrance: Police fire tear gas to disperse pro-refugee protest in Paris
November 24, 2020 at 00:12 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:23
At Sea: German frigate searched Turkish ship bound to LibyaAt Sea: German frigate searched Turkish ship bound to Libya
November 23, 2020 at 16:53 GMT +00:00
02:25
Turkey: 'You will never walk alone' - Women rally against femicides in IstanbulTurkey: 'You will never walk alone' - Women rally against femicides in Istanbul
November 22, 2020 at 20:24 GMT +00:00
00:32
France: Former French President Sarkozy arrives at Paris courthouse ahead of corruption trialFrance: Former French President Sarkozy arrives at Paris courthouse ahead of corruption trial
November 23, 2020 at 13:09 GMT +00:00
00:47
China: Chang'e-5 lunar exploration rocket took off from WenchangChina: Chang'e-5 lunar exploration rocket took off from Wenchang
November 23, 2020 at 21:18 GMT +00:00
02:32
France: Scuffles as police remove refugee tents at Paris Place de la RepubliqueFrance: Scuffles as police remove refugee tents at Paris Place de la Republique
November 23, 2020 at 20:52 GMT +00:00
04:32
Ready, set, MUD! Thai farmers race tractors round rice paddy for cash and gloryReady, set, MUD! Thai farmers race tractors round rice paddy for cash and glory
November 23, 2020 at 06:40 GMT +00:00
02:23
Guatemala: Protesters set fire to parliament amid demo against new budgetGuatemala: Protesters set fire to parliament amid demo against new budget
November 22, 2020 at 02:54 GMT +00:00
02:16
Nagorno-Karabakh: Volunteers rescue pets before leaving region to AzeriNagorno-Karabakh: Volunteers rescue pets before leaving region to Azeri
November 23, 2020 at 18:52 GMT +00:00
04:51
Meet Shen Yu Chuan, the a-maize-ing artist creating grass dresses from the farmMeet Shen Yu Chuan, the a-maize-ing artist creating grass dresses from the farm
November 22, 2020 at 16:34 GMT +00:00
03:12
France: Tents piled up as police scuffle with pro-refugee protesters in ParisFrance: Tents piled up as police scuffle with pro-refugee protesters in Paris
November 24, 2020 at 04:04 GMT +00:00
04:30
Gravity defying gymnast reaches for the sky in Norwegian wildernessGravity defying gymnast reaches for the sky in Norwegian wilderness
November 23, 2020 at 15:23 GMT +00:00
02:31
Chile: Water cannon used at anti-govt protest in SantiagoChile: Water cannon used at anti-govt protest in Santiago
November 24, 2020 at 05:29 GMT +00:00
04:58
Children-designed Christmas lights cheer up Scottish townChildren-designed Christmas lights cheer up Scottish town
November 22, 2020 at 15:38 GMT +00:00
03:36
Germany: Christmas tree set up in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate amid partial lockdownGermany: Christmas tree set up in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate amid partial lockdown
November 23, 2020 at 23:41 GMT +00:00
02:08
Russia: Adorable seal pup nicknamed 'His Fatness' goes viral for his love for food Russia: Adorable seal pup nicknamed 'His Fatness' goes viral for his love for food
November 22, 2020 at 12:45 GMT +00:00
02:25
Spain: Migrants continue to arrive at port of Arguineguin in Gran CanariaSpain: Migrants continue to arrive at port of Arguineguin in Gran Canaria
November 22, 2020 at 21:10 GMT +00:00
View all videos