Saturday 24 March 2018

View of the Rio coast and an unmade bed - Brazilian police record aftermath of Pat Hickey's arrest

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

From a view of the Rio coast at dawn... to the unmade bed, Pat Hickey's hotel room stood still after his shock arrest.

The 71-year-old's early morning bath was supposedly interrupted by several knocks on the door as Brazilian police searched the hotel in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood for the Olympics Council of Ireland president.

Officers initially arrived at the hotel room he shared with his wife Sylviane Hickey, before she told them he had left the country, police said on Wednesday afternoon.

The officers noted that many of Pat Hickey's possessions were still in the otherwise-empty room.

Police from Rio's Civil Police Fraud Unit then rushed to a separate hotel room which had been registered in the name of his son.

Incredible footage, released by Brazilian police, shows the moment police eventually managed to track Mr Hickey down.

The most powerful man in Irish sport is recorded answering the door to officers, naked after his bath.

Bizarrely, the man was questioned after putting on a simple dressing gown.

He was later arrested and taken to hospital as a precaution after he mentioned to police he had a heart condition.

Mr Hickey was led from the hotel room, as officers remained behind to record footage of the room.

Shots show the view of the Rio coast outside, before the camera pans across the double room.

An unmade bed can be seen in the background, as other police officers are spotted walking around the room.

The officer then focuses the camera on a navy t-shirt left on the bed in the hotel room.

A press conference held less than four hours after Mr Hickey's arrest confirmed he is facing charges of of formation of a criminal association/cartel, sales of illegal ticketing and marketing without authorisation.

He faces a maximum prison sentence of up to seven years if charged and found guilty.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Shane Ross confirmed Mr Hickey "has accepted consular assistance and our Consul General is engaging with him".

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