How Pat Hickey ended up in jail, shamed Ireland
Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30
Pat Hickey has stood down from his position as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland following his arrest in Rio, on a dark day for Irish sport.
Mr Hickey was arrested at his luxury hotel after a dawn raid by police investigating allegations of Olympic ticket touting. Police said Mr Hickey's wife claimed her husband had returned to Ireland.
Officers then began a search of the hotel and discovered that Mr Hickey was in fact in his son's room.
Mr Hickey was transferred to hospital but a judge ordered the 71-year-old must remain in jail once he is discharged and faces a maximum prison sentence of up to seven years if charged and found guilty. Last night the OCI released a statement saying Mr Hickey would remain in the hospital for a period of 24 hours.
Mr Hickey was arrested on suspicion of the formation of a criminal association/cartel, ticket touting and illicit marketing. Mr Hickey was accused of plotting with others to sell tickets above face value in a scheme that authorities say netted about €2.5m in profits.
It also emerged that a senior barrister advised the OCI that Sports Minister Shane Ross needed "to be put back in his box" before a meeting in Rio.
Details of the advice emerged in an email released by police in Rio after the arrest of Mr Hickey.