Tuesday 6 December 2016

Two OCI executives continue to speak to Rio police

Cathal McMahon in Rio de Janeiro

Published 25/08/2016 | 17:51

Stephen Martin Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Ececutive (right) and Kevin Kilty OCI Chef de Mission (left) arriving to give a deposition at Police City in Rio de Janeiro.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Stephen Martin Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Ececutive (right) and Kevin Kilty OCI Chef de Mission (left) arriving to give a deposition at Police City in Rio de Janeiro. Pic Steve Humphreys
Stephen Martin, chief executive of the Olympic Council of Ireland, and Kevin Kilty, OCI chef de mission Photo: Steve Humphreys

Two Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) executives are continuing to speak to Rio police - three hours after they arrived at a station in Rio de Janeiro.

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Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty and CEO Stephen Martin arrived at the station shortly after 1.30pm (5.30pm GMT) dressed in Team Ireland tracksuits.

Kevin Kilty OCI Chef de Mission (right) and Stephen Martin OCI Chief Executive (left) and arriving to give a deposition at Police City in Rio de Janeiro in August
Pic Steve Humphreys
Kevin Kilty OCI Chef de Mission (right) and Stephen Martin OCI Chief Executive (left) and arriving to give a deposition at Police City in Rio de Janeiro in August Pic Steve Humphreys

They were accompanied by two men dressed in dark suits.

Shortly before 5pm (9pmGMT) the men were still speaking with police.

Earlier,  the two Olympic Council of Ireland executives told reporters they are "here to cooperate" as they arrived at a Rio police station today.

The two men arrived at the station shortly after 1.30pm (Rio time) dressed in Team Ireland tracksuits.

Kevin Kilty OCI Chef de Mission arriving along with Stephen Martin Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Executive (obscured) to give a deposition at Police City in Rio de Janeiro.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Kevin Kilty OCI Chef de Mission arriving along with Stephen Martin Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Executive (obscured) to give a deposition at Police City in Rio de Janeiro. Pic Steve Humphreys

Mr Kilty told reporters "we are here to cooperate" before entering the Cidade de Policia (Police City) in northern Rio.

Police are looking to speak with them about alleged ticket touting at the Rio Olympics.

Officers are keen to ask Mr Kilty why he had 228 unused tickets in his room when they executed a warrant last Sunday.

Delegado Aloysio Falcao told Independent.ie: “Kevin said for me that those tickets were for the athletes and they didn't use.

Stephen Martin Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Executive (right) and Kevin Kilty OCI Chef de Mission (left) arriving to give a deposition at Police City in Rio de Janeiro.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Stephen Martin Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Executive (right) and Kevin Kilty OCI Chef de Mission (left) arriving to give a deposition at Police City in Rio de Janeiro. Pic Steve Humphreys

“But we have to check this with the Rio 2016."

Police executed a warrant on Sunday for the seizure of the two men's passports and that of their fellow board member Honorary General Secretary Dermot Henihan.

Mr Henihan met with police on Tuesday and they told him he was free to leave afterwards. He is due to have his passport returned to him in the coming days.

Warrants were also issued for the seizure of passports belonging to FAI chief executive and OCI vice president John Delaney, acting OCI president Willie O'Brien and personal assistant Linda O'Reilly. But they were not in Brazil.

Speaking to the Irish Independent on Monday Mr Kilty denied having any knowledge of the alleged ticketing scam.

He revealed that the raid on Sunday was “as out of the blue for us as it was for anyone else”.

“I'm just absolutely shocked and amazed. This is unprecedented, it was the last thing I would ever have expected.

“We are here to cooperate. We will fully cooperate with the police, we have nothing to hide. We are here to do a job, we have always been here to do a job.

“All I can do is speak honestly and that's what I intend to do.”

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