Wednesday 21 August 2019

Hickey home after four 'traumatic' months

Pat Hickey says he is looking forward to spending Christmas with his family. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Pat Hickey says he is looking forward to spending Christmas with his family. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Pat Hickey is back in the country and intends to clear his name.

The 71-year-old, who arrived back in Dublin last night, said he was looking forward to spending Christmas with his family.

Mr Hickey was arrested at his hotel in Rio during the 2016 Olympics on allegations including ticket touting and money laundering. Mr Hickey has denied the allegations.

Upon arrival, Mr Hickey described the past few months as "traumatic" and insisted he would clear his name.

"It has been an extremely traumatic few months for myself and my family," he said in a statement.

"Once again, I wish to state that I am totally innocent of all charges against me.

"I will do everything possible to clear my name so that I can, in due course, get on with my life with my wife and family," he added.

Mr Hickey said he was "delighted" to be home and able to spend Christmas with his family.

Irish Independent

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