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OCI officials who had their passports seized by Rio cops are on their way home

Published 15/09/2016 | 17:15

Stephen Martin, Kevin Kilty and inset Dermot Henihan. Pictures: Steve Humphreys
Stephen Martin, Kevin Kilty and inset Dermot Henihan. Pictures: Steve Humphreys

Three Irish Olympics officials who had their passports seized by Brazilian police are set to touch down in Ireland after a four-week ordeal.

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Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) honorary general secretary Dermot Henihan, CEO Stephen Martin and Rio 2016 Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty have spent almost a month in Rio de Janeiro after police raided their accommodation on the day of the closing ceremony.

The trio were scheduled to tip down in Ireland on Wednesday night and Thursday after a judge handed back their documents on Monday.

Mr Henihan spoke to the Limerick Leader from London before boarding a flight to Ireland on Wednesday morning. He said he was eager to book his final flight home.

Dermot Henihan, OCI secretary general, in Rio
Dermot Henihan, OCI secretary general, in Rio

“The situation is that I am trying to get a flight back home. My brother is ready to collect me at the airport. I got as far as I am now, and I have to book my flight now as a last step. I am going to see what [flight] I can get.

“I am on the road too long now. All I am looking forward to, now, is seeing my family and friends,” he told reporter Fintan Walsh.

He said that he was “rather pleased” to be returning home.

Mr Henihan spoke to police on Tuesday, August 23 officers later told him and the media that he was not a suspect in the investigation.

Two days later Mr Kilty and Mr Martin spoke to the same officers and they were also told that they were simply witnesses.

Former OCI President Pat Hickey and THG director Kevin Mallon are currently in Brazil where, along with eight others, they have been charged over their alleged involvement in a ticket-touting ring.

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