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Boxing Champion Harry Simon Charged with Culpable Homicide - 2002-12-26

World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Harry Simon of Namibia has been charged with culpable homicide stemming from an automobile accident.

The 30-year-old Simon broke an arm and a leg during a head-on collision November 21 near the Namibian beach resort of Langstrand. Three Belgian tourists in the other vehicle were killed. Witnesses say Simon was at fault.

Police said blood samples were taken to test whether Simon had been drinking. In April 2001, Simon was in another car accident in which two Namibians were killed. The boxer's blood samples disappeared after that accident and the case has not been resolved.

Simon is scheduled to defend his middleweight boxing title in March. But, WBO officials are waiting the outcome of legal proceedings.