Monday 26 September 2016

How Pat Hickey ended up in jail, shamed Ireland

Sean McGoldrick and Matt Sandy in Rio

Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

Pat Hickey has now stood down from his position as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Pat Hickey has now stood down from his position as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

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.

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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.

Read More: Hickey faces seven years if charged, convicted

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.

Read More: Police thought Hickey had escaped until they saw his open suitcase

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.

Irish Independent

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