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Rio Olympics: Pat Hickey released from hospital in a wheelchair - and into police custody

By Cathal McMahon in Rio

Published 18/08/2016

Patrick Hickey has been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged ticket touting at the Rio games.
Patrick Hickey has been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged ticket touting at the Rio games.

Pat Hickey has been taken from a hospital in Rio de Janeiro by police and brought for questioning.

The 71-year-old, who temporarily stepped down as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), was arrested on Wednesday morning at his hotel room in the Brazilian city.

Police call at Pat Hickey’s son’s room as part of investigation into tickets
Police call at Pat Hickey’s son’s room as part of investigation into tickets
Police call at Pat Hickey’s son’s room as part of investigation into tickets
Police call at Pat Hickey’s son’s room as part of investigation into tickets

However, after telling police he had a heart problem, he was brought to Hospital Samaritano in the Barra district instead of a police station.

He remained there for over a day but at around 3.30pm (local time) today he was moved from the health facility to a waiting Civil Police car.

Mr Hickey is facing three charges of facilitating ticket touting, formation of a cartel and ambush or illicit marketing.

Brazilian detectives say the offences carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

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