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Scandal-hit Hickey refuses to answer police questions over alleged ticket touting

By Matt Sandy

Published 07/09/2016

Probe: Pat Hickey
Probe: Pat Hickey

Former Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Patrick Hickey last night refused to answer questions by Brazilian police over alleged ticket touting.

The Public Prosecutor's office in Rio de Janeiro has formally laid charges before a judge in relation to Mr Hickey.

The 71-year-old, who was arrested on August 17, may face charges alongside nine others, including THG director Kevin James Mallon (36).

A judge must now decide whether to accept or reject the charges, a statement from state prosecutors said, without specifying which individuals will face which charges.

Mr Hickey, who has temporarily stepped aside as OCI president, arrived at the Civil Police station in Rio yesterday evening at 3.24pm local time and left the station less than one hour later. Mr Hickey's family issued a statement saying he would not be answering any questions.

"Our dad, Pat Hickey, will not be making any comment in the police station," they added. "He will be invoking his right to silence because the Brazilian police have released documents to the media that Pat's lawyers have had no access to."

Speaking after the interview, detectives confirmed that Mr Hickey refused to answer any of the questions put to him.

"He stayed silent," said detective Aloysio Falcao. "We asked 14 questions, but he gave us only silence. Now we have one more step to take in our investigation, which will be explained on Thursday at a press conference."

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