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EOC boss Hickey arrested in Rio

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Owen Gibson of the Guardian is enjoying this (sports journalist banned from Hickey's Baku adventure because he wrote about the regime)

 

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Patrick Hickey's IOC badge was displayed by police at a press conference in Rio

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When officers went to his hotel room on Wednesday morning they found his wife there with his Olympic credentials.

Mrs Hickey said her husband had left for Ireland at the weekend, police told a news conference.

With the help of the hotel they began a search and found Mr Hickey in the room next door, they said.

While police said they had reason to believe he was trying to escape, a video apparently of the arrest on the ESPN Brazil sports news website shows Mr Hickey answering the door naked to officers.

They estimate the potential profits of the alleged scheme at 10m reals (£2.4m; $3.1m).

Mr Hickey is president of the European Olympic Committees, the body which gathers the continent's 50 national Olympic committees together.

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Edited by paul

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1 hour ago, baron-pierreIV said:

Shockers!!  And considering Ireland won its first gold in  Track & Field yesterday -- the Barr guy, how ironic.  

Ermm...that was just a semi final last night...

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I guess this is not good news for the continuation of the European Games...

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9 minutes ago, hektor said:

I guess this is not good news for the continuation of the European Games...

Hooray!!! For that farce alone, he deserves to be banned.

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Well, to emulate an infamous chant from the otherwise shambolic Republican National Convention:

"Lock him up, lock him up!!!" ;)

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Brazil charges IOC's Hickey, 9 more on ticket scalping case

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors have filed charges against a high-ranking Olympic official in connection to a ticket-scalping case that unfolded during last month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Marcos Kac, a state prosecutor, said on Tuesday he decided to charge Olympic Council of Ireland President Patrick Hickey and nine others with ticket scalping, conspiracy and ambush marketing, after reviewing the police investigation.

"We found enough evidence linking Hickey to this plot to sell tickets by a company that was not authorized," Kac told The Associated Press. "These are tickets that were sold for up to $8,000."

 

Earlier Tuesday, Hickey arrived at police headquarters, but declined to answer additional questions after he was summoned in the wake of new findings. Hickey, 71, also made no comment to reporters upon leaving.

 

The OCI head was arrested on Aug. 17 during the games in his Rio hotel room. Also the head of Europe's Olympic bodies, Hickey was jailed in a prison complex after a two-day stay in a local hospital to undergo tests because of his medical history.

He was set free last week when a judge ruled that he wasn't a risk to the public or the investigation. His passport was confiscated, and he must remain in Brazil until the case is concluded.

Police have said that Hickey plotted with businessmen to transfer tickets illegally from a sports company called Pro 10 to hospitality provider THG Sports, which was a non-authorized vendor and allegedly sold them for very high fees. Police investigators said the scheme was planned to rake in $3 million.

The head of THG Sports, Kevin James Mallon, was arrested on Aug. 5 in the case, but was set free, like Hickey. He is also facing the same charges and must remain in Brazil.

The eight other suspects are businessmen with Pro10 and THG Sports who are not in Brazil, including Marcus Evans, who owns THG Sports' parent company, as well as English soccer club Ipswich Town.

Hickey has stepped aside "temporarily" as an IOC member and all his other Olympic positions.

Police investigator Aloysio Falcao said they wanted to talk to IOC President Thomas Bach about email exchanges between him and Hickey related to ticket allocations to Ireland but learned he canceled his trip to Brazil for the Paralympic Games. The IOC said Tuesday that Bach had to attend the official state mourning ceremony for Walter Scheel, the former West Germany president.

"During his stay, we were going to summon him to speak to us," he said. Still, investigators said they have not found any evidence of Bach's knowledge of the alleged scheme.

Investigators have also found evidence linking 35 other National Olympic Committees to the Marcus Evans group. Rio police will communicate this to other governments but are not expanding their own investigation.

 

AP

http://bigstory.ap.org/78eba400e8364b25a478f030da5466cc

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23 minutes ago, hektor said:

I would not take holidays in Brazil if I were Bach.

Yeah, as if it was inevitable that he attends the Scheel funeral. What a lame excuse.

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Pat Hickey: former IOC president allowed to leave Brazil 'for health reasons'

 

A judge in Brazil has ruled that former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey is to be given back his passport and permitted to leave the country for medical reasons.

Mr Hickey is among a number of people facing charges related to a probe into alleged ticket touting at Rio 2016.

He has denied all allegations made against him.

Although released almost two weeks after his arrest in August, officials have retained Mr Hickey's passport.

A judge at the Special Court for Supporter and Large Events in Rio de Janeiro, which had jurisdiction during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, ruled on Wednesday that Mr Hickey can be allowed to leave Brazil "to treat a health problem".

Mr Hickey, 71, must pay a bond to the court of €410,000 (£352,240).

'No links with Brazil'

He has temporarily stood aside as president of the OCI during the investigation.

In her deliberation, the judge said that, as Mr Hickey "has no links with Brazil", she would allow him to leave to receive medical attention.

She noted that there was a risk Mr Hickey may not return to Brazil, but that this needed to be balanced with health concerns.

The judge said that Mr Hickey should be allowed to attend to his health, provided that this does not interfere with the ongoing case.

In addition to payment of the bond, Mr Hickey must agree to fully cooperate with the legal process in Brazil and be present for any calls that are made of him as the process continues.

The judge further agreed that the case be split, as per a request from the public defender's office.

This means Marcus Evans, Michael Glynn, Ken Murray, Maarten Van Os, David Gilmore, and Martin Studd will answer to one legal process in Brazil.

Mr Hickey, Kevin Mallon, Barbara Carnieri and Eamonn Collins will answer to another.

She also rejected requests made that the legal process be shelved due to a "lack of just cause" as was claimed by Mr Hickey's and Mr Mallon's legal teams.

In her judgement, Justice Leal de Melo also gave permission for Brazilian authorities to have full access to phone and other electronic devices which were apprehended during the police investigation and she gave 30 days for Brazilian police to come back with their findings.

BBC

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38007609

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