Wednesday 13 December 2017

Brazilian court allows Kevin Mallon to return home after OCI ticket controversy

Matt Sandy

A judge in Brazil has allowed Irish ticketing executive Kevin James Mallon to return to Ireland, so long as he pays bail of €420,000.

It is an identical offer as that granted last week to former OCI president Patrick Hickey, who will be able to return for medical treatment if he make the same payment.

Judge Silvia Regina Portes Criscuolo has ruled that Mallon can have his passport returned if he pays the bond of 1.5 million Brazilian reais and commits to returning to Brazil as required.

Another judge, Juliana Leal de Melo, ruled in Hickey’s case last week. But it remains unclear if or when the pair will make the required payments or the date they will be able to fly home.

They are accused of being at the heart of an international touting ring in Olympic tickets issued to the OCI and sold by THG, the company that employs Mallon.

The touting of tickets for above face value is a criminal offence in Brazilian law. The pair deny any wrongdoing.

Kevin Mallon (left) arrives for questioning in Rio with his solicitor Franklin Gomes
Kevin Mallon (left) arrives for questioning in Rio with his solicitor Franklin Gomes

Mallon was arrested while hosting a reception for ticket holders in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, the day of the Olympics opening ceremony. Hickey was later arrested at his five-star hotel.

Since their release from the notorious Bangu prison in Rio, the pair have been keeping a low profile in the city.

Last week, Judge Melo also granted prosecutors the right to examine confidential data on phones and computers seized during the investigation for a period of 30 days.

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