Wednesday 7 December 2016

Hickey set to be freed on bail from Rio prison

Cathal McMahon in Rio

Published 29/08/2016 | 02:30

A view of Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Patrick Hickey is being held. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
A view of Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Patrick Hickey is being held. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Pat Hickey is expected to be released from prison in Rio de Janeiro, possibly as early as today, sources in Brazil claim.

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The 71-year-old, who temporarily stood down as Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president after being arrested during the Games, has now been held in custody for 10 days.

His cell-mate, Irishman Kevin Mallon, was released on strict conditions from Gericinó Penitentiary Complex (Bangu) at the weekend.

Mr Hickey's lawyers in Rio have been watching Mr Mallon's case closely and were working late last night to secure their client's release.

Meanwhile, President Michael D Higgins said the controversies surrounding this year's Olympics "all deserve serious analysis and fearless responses".

The President was referring to doping, judges' decisions and the ticketing scandal.

Irish Independent

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