Friday 19 January 2018

Nine things you need to know about the prison with 'a deadly reputation' where Pat Hickey is detained

Another view of Pat Hickey's arrest
Another view of Pat Hickey's arrest

Cian Murray

From a luxurious hotel, to one of the most feared prisons in a country full of feared prisons; Pat Hickey’s stay in Rio has been nothing if not varied.

The 71-year-old, who temporarily stepped down from his position as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, is being detained in Brazil's largest prison complex, Bangu.

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

Here are nine things you should know about the Bangu prison complex where he is currently detained:

1. Bangu is located in West Rio de Janeiro and is the largest prison complex in all of Brazil.

2. It is a maximum security prison and holds 17 units. Pat Hickey is being held in Bangu 10, while Irishman Kevin Mallon (36) is currently being detained at the adjoining Bangu 8. 

3. The Rio Times said the prison has "a deadly reputation" as it’s in the control of the deadly Commanda Vermelha gang.

4. The complex is home to some of Brazil’s most feared criminals, including murderers, drugs traffickers and gang members. Previous inmates include Brazilian druglord Fernandinho Beira-Mar.

5. According to an article on Bloomberg, the “outside, smells from sewage ditches blend with whiffs of deep-fried tidbits.”

6. Ray Whelan, a British executive was held at the prison as part of a World Cup ticket touting investigation in 2014.

7. Riots in the prison left 30 inmates dead in 2004.

8. Brazilian reality show “Fantastico” showed images of prisoners openly selling and taking drugs in the complex.

9. In 2005, a security chief at the Bangu 3 prison became the fifth official to be killed within five years.

At the moment it is unclear how long Mr Hickey will stay in the prison.

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