Rio Games tout suspect is home for Christmas
A suspected ticket tout arrested on the eve of the Rio Olympics has been allowed to return home to Ireland to spend Christmas with his family.
Dubliner Kevin Mallon was detained and charged before the start of the Games on August 5 this year. His passport was seized by the Brazilian authorities.
He was released from Bangu maximum security prison later that month and had been living in a flat in Ipanema, Rio's de Janeiro's trendy beach district.
His lawyer Franklin Gomes said yesterday that Mr Mallon had been allowed to return home after more than four months in Brazil and was with his family. A judgment published on November 22 allowed the release of his passport on payment of one and a half million Brazilian Reals (€439,000).
However, his legal team managed to get it reduced by half, claiming that Mr Mallon (36) did not have the means to pay such a hefty sum.
The lower bond of R$750,000 was submitted to the Brazilian courts on Tuesday.
A judge released the passport once Mr Mallon signed an agreement to continue to co-operate fully with the continuing case.
He had been getting worried as Christmas drew near with the authorities still holding on to his documents, the lawyer said.
Mr Gomes added that the legal team had been focusing on getting him back home to his infant child in time for the festive season.
"The judge showed good sense, and allowed for his passport to be given back to him," he said.
Now that Mr Mallon has returned to Ireland, his lawyers will focus on other aspects of the case.
He insists that he his innocent of all charges.
His lawyer said he will continue to play ball with the ongoing legal process in Rio de Janeiro.
"Kevin will return to Brazil when he is called by the courts," he added.