Saturday 1 October 2016

Pat Hickey had head shaved before entering notorious Bangu prison in Brazil

Cathal McMahon in Rio de Janeiro

Published 22/08/2016 | 07:48

These were the scenes at Bangu prison on Sunday morning as hundreds of women queued to visit inmates at Brazil's largest prison.

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Patrick Hickey, who stepped down as Olympics Council of Ireland (OCI) president after his arrest last Wednesday, is currently housed at one of the jails in the Gericinó Penitentiary Complex.

He is sharing a cell in Bangu 8 with fellow Irishman Kevin Mallon. Both are being held in connection with an alleged ticket touting probe.

Both men had their heads shaved upon entry and officials at the jail say they are being treated the same as any other prisoner.

Women queue with food parcels in the pouring rain for hours to visit relatives at the notorious Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiros where Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon are reportedly sharing a cell. Pic Steve Humphreys
Women queue with food parcels in the pouring rain for hours to visit relatives at the notorious Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiros where Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon are reportedly sharing a cell. Pic Steve Humphreys
Women queue with food parcels in the pouring rain for hours to visit relatives at the notorious Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiros where Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon are reportedly sharing a cell. Pic Steve Humphreys
Women queue with food parcels in the pouring rain for hours to visit relatives at 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

On Sunday morning hundreds of women queued from early morning to visited their loved ones in the prison. They carried bags of food and other gifts for the prisoners.

Mr Hickey's wife Sylviane was not seen among the visitors.

However she too would have to wait her place in the queue if she wanted to visit the 71-year-old.

The complex is home to some of Rio's most dangerous murderers and drug dealers.

It will be Tuesday at the very earliest before Mr Hickey or Mr Mallon have an opportunity to get bail as Monday is a public holiday in Brazil.

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