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Pat Hickey remains in Rio as lawyers confirm no bail payment made

By Sarah O'Sullivan

Pat Hickey’s legal team in Brazil say that no bail payment has yet been paid to the courts in Rio de Janeiro.

Arthur Lavigne, senior counsel for the former OCI President, said he had no knowledge of arrangements to pay Mr Hickey’s bail.

It was reported that the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), of which Mr Hickey was vice President, would pay the amount of R$1.5million (€410,000), as required by the Brazilian courts in order for Mr Hickey to get his passport back, liberating him to leave Brazil, and return to Ireland for medical attention.

ANOC said it had “agreed to temporarily loan the bail payment for Patrick Hickey to return home for medical reasons.”

However, Mr Lavigne said in Rio de Janeiro this morning that he was not aware of this agreement, and that, to date, no money has been lodged to the courts, on Mr Hickey’s behalf.  “I have no knowledge of that at all, nothing.  We didn’t discuss this.”

Mr Lavigne said that Pat Hickey has not informed his legal team how bail money will be paid, or where it would come from. Reacting to reports, Mr Lavigne asked what the conditions of a “loan” from ANOC would likely be.

He said the legal team hopes that Mr Hickey will be liberated to leave Brazil “as soon as possible”, but that he “needs to pay the bail”.

It is likely that on receipt of a payment to the courts, the actual return of Mr Hickey’s passport could take around five to seven days, depending on how quickly the responsible judge can formally order it’s return.

The bail conditions laid down by the courts in Rio de Janeiro state that the passport may be returned so that Mr Hickey travels home to receive medical attention, but that he must be willing to fully comply with the ongoing legal process in Brazil, and return as requested by court officials.

Once paid, the bond amount would be returned on completion of the legal process, if the accused were acquitted.  If condemned, the bond amount would be used to meet legal costs, fines, or compensation arising from the case.

The bond amount would be refunded in full if the case is shelved before reaching court, as has been requested by the legal team.  A request to shelve the case was denied by the Special Court for Supporters and Large Events in recent weeks.

When granting bond conditions for the return of Mr Hickeys passport, the Judge Juliana Leal de Melo acknowledged the possibility that Mr Hickey could leave Brazil, and not return.  However, she said that this needed to be weighed up against his right to receive medical treatment, and the fact that Mr Hickey does not have any ties to Brazil, where he has spent the last three months.

The full bond amount will be retained by the courts if Mr Hickey does not return to Brazil, as requested by the legal process.

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