Saturday 25 March 2017

'We've nothing to hide'- OCI 3 trapped in Rio

Officials 'targeted' because they're Irish Delaney back at work in FAI HQ

Stephen Martin, chief executive of the Olympic Council of Ireland, and Kevin Kilty, OCI chef de mission, checking into a new hotel in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Their passports were seized by Rio police investigating the ticket touting scandal. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Stephen Martin, chief executive of the Olympic Council of Ireland, and Kevin Kilty, OCI chef de mission, checking into a new hotel in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Their passports were seized by Rio police investigating the ticket touting scandal. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Cathal McMahon in Rio EXCLUSIVE

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) executives forced to hand over their passports to police in Rio say they have "nothing to hide".

Chef de mission for the Olympics, Kevin Kilty, told the Irish Independent he was "absolutely shocked and amazed" at the raid on Sunday and also alleged he was being targeted because he was Irish.

"I'm Irish and I'm out here, I suppose. It's the Olympic Council that is being targeted, that's all I can say," he said.

Mr Kilty, CEO Stephen Martin and general secretary Dermot Henihan were forced to reschedule flights home and move hotels. Mr Kilty said he has not spoken to former OCI president Pat Hickey since his arrest last week. It has been reported Mr Hickey has a second passport, which is with his lawyers.

FAI chief executive John Delaney, who was among three other OCI executives to have a warrant issued for the seizure of their passports, was back at work in Dublin yesterday.

Irish Independent

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