Thursday 29 September 2016

Irish consulate staff to visit Pat Hickey in 'notorious' Rio prison

Cathal McMahon in Rio de Janeiro

Published 22/08/2016 | 14:34

Pat Hickey has stepped aside from his role as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland
Pat Hickey has stepped aside from his role as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland

PAT HICKEY will be visited in prison today by staff from the Irish consulate in Rio De Janeiro.

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The 71-year-old spent the weekend in a cell at Gericinó penitentiary complex - known locally as Bangu Prison - in West Rio.

RTE is reporting that Irish consulate staff in the city will visit him here today.

The Irish consulate are also providing support to three Olympic Council of Ireland staff who had their passports seized by police on Sunday morning.

General Secretary Dermot Henihan, CEO Stephen Martin and Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty have all agreed to give statements to police investigating an alleged ticket scam on Tuesday.

Mr Henihan reportedly fell ill on Sunday evening and was treated by a local doctor.

The notorious Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiros where Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon are reportedly sharing a cell. Pic Steve Humphreys
The notorious Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiros where Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon are reportedly sharing a cell. Pic Steve Humphreys

It is believed a meeting took place yesterday between Irish Ambassador Brian Glynn and Mr Henihan, who is honorary general secretary of the OCI, at Mr Henihan’s hotel.

Police claim they want to speak to the men about an alleged ticket touting ring.

The Irish Consulate was unavailable for comment this morning.

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