Friday 20 April 2018

Hickey invokes right to silence in Rio

Pat Hickey leaves a police station
Pat Hickey leaves a police station

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey refused to answer Brazilian police's questions last night.

The Public Prosecutor's office in Rio has formally laid charges before a judge in relation to Mr Hickey and his role in the alleged ticket-touting during the Olympics. A judge must now decide whether to accept or reject charges against Mr Hickey, THG director Kevin Mallon and eight others.

Mr Hickey (71) attended the police HQ in Rio for pre-arranged questioning. But he "invoked his constitutional right to silence", according to a statement from his family.

"He stayed silent," added detective Aloysio Falcao last night. "We asked 14 questions, but he gave us only silence."

Irish Independent

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