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Canadian arrested for disrupting Games
After four days of Olympic competition, Canada can lay claim to a bronze medal in diving and the fool in the pool.

With Greece spending 1.2 billion euros ($1.9 billion Cdn) on security for the Games, Olympic organizers were unamused Tuesday after a 31-year-old from Montreal jumped off the three-metre board at the diving venue Monday night.

The half-naked man had GoldenPalace.com, an Internet casino, written on his front and back. The stunt was captured on video.

GoldenPalace.com, which has used the man for similar publicity stunts in the past, identified him as Ron Bensimhon of Montreal. But spokesman Drew Black said Bensimhon jumped into the Olympic deep end on his own.

Bensimhon was arrested and charged with "interrupting the Games," said a spokesman with the Greek Ministry of Public Order.

He is due in court in Athens on Wednesday morning.

Bensimhon, identified in some previous stunts as Ron Simon, faces a misdemeanour charge of violating the normal running of the Games. The maximum penalty is five years in jail but a more likely outcome is a 30-day sentence, which will be wiped out if a fine is paid. Source.

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August 18, 2004