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Pictured: Pat Hickey released from Rio hospital in a wheelchair - and into police custody

Cathal McMahon in Rio

Published 18/08/2016 | 19:46

Pat Hickey, in wheelchair, is escorted by police to a waiting car at the Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Pat Hickey, in wheelchair, is escorted by police to a waiting car at the Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Steve Humphreys

PAT HICKEY has been taken from a hospital in Rio de Janeiro by police and brought for questioning.

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The 71-year-old, who temporarily stepped down as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), was arrested on Wednesday morning at his hotel room in the Brazilian city.

Security outside the Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Security outside the Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro. Pic Steve Humphreys

However, after telling police he had a heart problem, he was brought to Hospital Samaritano in the Barra district instead of a police station.

He remained there for over a day but at around 3.30pm (local time) today he was moved from the health facility to a waiting Civil Police car.

Mr Hickey was taken a black Ford Fusion and driven 20km to the Instituto de Criminalista Carlos Eboli Endereço in downtown Rio.

Typically suspects are brought to the 'Police City' but a decision was taken to bring Mr Hickey to the smaller facility to avoid press gathering.

Pat Hickey has now stood down from his position as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Pat Hickey has now stood down from his position as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

After 4pm local time he began giving his deposition to police.

This was expected to take several hours.

Following on from this suspects are typically brought to a medical centre where tests would be carried out.

There are no sleeping facilities at either unit so it is expected that Mr Hickey will be brought to a detention facility tonight - possibly the Bangu 8 prison where fellow Irishman Kevin Mallon (36) is currently being held.

Mr Hickey is facing three charges of facilitating ticket touting, formation of a cartel and ambush or illicit marketing.

Brazilian detectives say the offences carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

A spokesperson for the OCI said: "The Olympic Council of Ireland can confirm that Pat Hickey has been discharged from hospital and has been accompanied to a police station to complete a deposition."

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Pat Hickey hid in the back of a police car to avoid being photographed after leaving a police station in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday night.

Our exclusive shots show Mr Hickey, who temporarily stepped down as Olympic Council of Ireland president after being arrested this week, bending down to hide his face as he was being driven from the downtown station.

Pat Hickey hides from photographers in the back of a police car after leaving Insituto de Criminalista Carlos Eboli Endereco Police Station in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Pat Hickey hides from photographers in the back of a police car after leaving Insituto de Criminalista Carlos Eboli Endereco Police Station in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Mr Hickey spent almost four hours inside the Instituto de Criminalista Carlos Eboli

Endereço on Thursday giving his deposition to the Brazilian Civil Police.

He was joined in the station by OCI General Secretary Dermot Heneghan and team Doctor David Feekan.

It is understood that he was advised by a Brazilian legal team throughout the process.

Mr Hickey is now being moved to a medical facility where the 71-year-old will be medically assessed.

It is expected that Mr Hickey will be brought to a detention facility tonight - possibly the Bangu 8 prison where fellow Irishman Kevin Mallon (36) is currently being held

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