Sunday 22 October 2017

FF leader wants Ross to comment on treatment of Hickey

Micheál Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Micheál Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The circumstances surrounding the arrest of former OCI president Pat Hickey are "extraordinary" and need to be addressed by the Government, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said.

In a letter to Sports Minister Shane Ross, Mr Martin says he feels it "necessary" to comment on the way the Brazilian authorities have handled their investigation into alleged ticket-touting.

He said the "assumption of innocence seems to have been disregarded completely".

"While the Irish Government cannot interfere with how arrests are made in Brazil, it is important that concerns are expressed that the release of photographs on social media, within minutes of the arrest, is not what the Irish Government would deem appropriate," he wrote.

Mr Martin is the first senior politician to raise concerns about the handling of the case in Brazil.

Shortly after Mr Hickey's arrest, a video was circulated showing the naked 71-year-old answering the door to officers before retreating into his hotel room to get a bath robe. Police later held a press conference where they put his passport, Olympics accreditation and emails containing legal advice on display. He is now being detained in the notorious Bangu prison.

Irish Independent

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