Wednesday 28 September 2016

'I've done nothing wrong': Hickey

Cathal McMahon

Published 26/08/2016 | 02:30

'Solicitors for Mr Hickey cannot understand why he has been detained and placed in one of Rio de Janeiro's toughest prisons' Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
'Solicitors for Mr Hickey cannot understand why he has been detained and placed in one of Rio de Janeiro's toughest prisons' Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Pat Hickey feels his "dignity and reputation have been thrown away" following his arrest in Brazil in connection with a ticket-touting investigation.

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In an interview with the Irish Independent, his lawyer says the former Olympic Council of Ireland president is not eating in prison and has no appetite.

Solicitors for Mr Hickey cannot understand why he has been detained and placed in one of Rio de Janeiro's toughest prisons.

Simone Kamenetz also said Mr Hickey was willing to stay in Brazil and tackle allegations against him head-on.

The 71-year-old, who has temporarily stood down as OCI president, has been detained at Gericino penitentiary - known locally as Bangu prison - in West Rio since last Friday.

Mr Hickey is being investigated under Brazilian law for alleged ticket touting, running a cartel and illicit marketing.

Ms Kamenetz says Mr Hickey described his situation as 'Kafkaesque'. "He is in jail, he's 71, he has a heart condition, he is not well. He is trying to cope but he cannot understand this. He keeps saying, 'I have done nothing wrong, what is happening here?'"

Irish Independent

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