Monday 5 December 2016

OCI says it will not pay Pat Hickey's €420k court bond

Published 17/11/2016 | 16:54

Pat Hickey. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Pat Hickey. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Olympic Council of Ireland will not be paying the €410,000 bond which Pat Hickey is required to pay if he wants to leave Brazil.

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Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey was told he can return home on health grounds. 

The 71-year-old, who was arrested in his hotel in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics in August, is facing charges in relation to alleged ticket touting.

However, in a written judgement last night a Brazilian judge ordered that he can have his passport back and leave Brazil, on the condition a R$1,500,000 (€410,753) bond is paid.

Ms Justice Juliana Leal de Melo of the Special Court for Supporter and Large Events in Rio de Janeiro, which had jurisdiction during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, made the order which has been published on the official courts website.

The judge said that given the fact Mr Hickey had no link to Brazil there was a risk of him not returning for a trial.

However, she balanced this by saying that the defendant needed to get "health treatment".

The OCI have now said they will not be paying the bond and said it is a personal matter for Mr Hickey.

The OCI is currently paying Mr Hickey's legal fees.

A number of Mr Hickey's former colleagues have spoken up on his behalf since his arrest at the Games.

Acting president of the European Olympic Committee Janez Kocijancic said: "Patrick Hickey is still detained in Brazil.

"He was charged with criminal offences and we do not think he committed them.

"We hope he will be allowed home to prepare to prove his innocence."

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