Brazil re­leases Olympic of­fi­cial on bail, scalp­ing probe con­tin­ues

The Daily Herald - - SPORTS -

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties say that se­nior Olympic of­fi­cial Patrick Hickey has been re­leased from prison on bail while a Sum­mer Games ticket-scalp­ing probe con­tin­ues.

Rio de Janeiro’s de­part­ment of pen­i­ten­tiaries said Hickey walked out of Bangu prison com­plex at 11 a.m. lo­cal time (1400 GMT) on Tues­day.

A judge ruled on Mon­day that he didn’t pose a risk to the pub­lic or the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but said that he must re­main in Brazil and hand over his pass­port.

Hickey is also the pres­i­dent of the Olympic Coun­cil of Ire­land but ear­lier this month, he de­cided to “step aside tem­po­rar­ily” as its leader and as an IOC mem­ber.

Po­lice say the 71-year-old plot­ted with busi­ness­men to trans­fer tick­ets il­le­gally to a ven­dor that was not au­tho­rized to sell them.

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