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Hickey arrest was 'bizarre', says Tubridy

Published 23/08/2016 | 02:30

A police car outside the Hospital Samaritano Barra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
A police car outside the Hospital Samaritano Barra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ryan Tubridy has condemned the filming by Brazilian TV crews of the arrest in Rio of OCI President Pat Hickey.

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The RTÉ presenter said he would prefer to see due process run its course than TV crews pursuing Mr Hickey.

"Culturally, I think that's what they do in Rio and that's how it works there. I didn't like it particularly, but I felt and I still do, that until I see due justice done, it's bizarre that you can chase someone around hotel rooms in Rio with no evidence," he said. "I feel there's a rush to judge."

When asked about Mr Hickey's treatment in prison, which included having his head shaved, he said there was obviously a huge difference in the way the justice system operated in Brazil. "That's the way they roll," he said. "We'll wait and see what happens but it certainly was an unfortunate diversion (from the Olympics)."

Drug mule

Tubridy's production team is currently finalising guests for the 'Late Late Show' and he wouldn't rule out a potential interview with Mr Hickey.

"Of course, I'd like anyone on the show that would add a bit of frisson," he said. "We do have a plan to confront all sides of the Olympic story."

He also said that convicted drugs mule Michaella McCollum would be a "person of interest" when it came to potential guests.

Irish Independent

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