IOC's Hickey declines questions on ticket scalping in Rio

IOC's Hickey declines questions on ticket scalping in Rio

THE Public Prosecutors Office in Rio has laid charges against Ireland's former top Olympic official Pat Hickey over an alleged Olympic Games ticketing scam.

However, Bach canceled plans to attend Wednesday's opening of the Paralympics in Rio.

Pat Hickey is due to speak with police in Rio later today. The high-ranking Olympic official is declining to answer police questions related to alleged ticket scalping during last month's Olympic Games.

"We found enough evidence linking Hickey to this plot to sell tickets by a company that was not authorized", Kac told The Associated Press. "These are tickets that were sold for up to 8,000 dollars (£6,000)". Once the prosecutor decides what charges, if any, Hickey should answer to, the file will be passed to a local judge, who must, in turn, decide whether or not to accept or reject charges against the 71-year-old Irish man.

Hickey was freed last week when a judge ruled that he wasn't a risk to the public or the investigation.

Police have said Mr Hickey plotted with businessmen to transfer tickets illegally to a non-authorised vendor that was allegedly selling them for high fees. Police investigators said the scheme was planned to rake in $3 million.

The head of THG Sports, Kevin James Mallon, was arrested on August 5 in the case, but was set free, like Hickey.

The charge sheet includes false advertising, the supply of tickets for the goal of touting, and fraud but it is not yet clear what charges each man individually faces.

Should a judge decide to reject them, the case will be dropped and both Hickey, an IOC Executive Board member and the European Olympic Committees (EOC) President, and Mallon will be free to leave Brazil.

Mallon met with civil police investigators on Monday (September 5) in Rio having been released from Bangu Prison on bail late last month following a Supreme Court ruling in Brasília.

Related Articles

  • Klopp urges patience as Liverpool thrive

    However, they've tended to struggle to break down supposed less illustrious teams since the German coach took over. Why should it be easier? "I can 100 per cent guarantee it's not about the attitude of the players".
    Keith Scott Was Walking Backward When Shot, Family Says After Watching Video

    Keith Scott Was Walking Backward When Shot, Family Says After Watching Video

    Justin Bamberg, an attorney for Scott's family, said in a statement that the family members had watched the police videos. Scott's hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards", according to the family's attorney Justin Bamberg .

    Pakistan must try to corner India

    The campaign to expose Indian atrocities on the Kashmiri people would be taken forward, he said. Sharif said the world leaders understood Pakistan's stance on the Kashmir issue.
  • Quintana heading for Vuelta victory, says Contador

    Quintana heading for Vuelta victory, says Contador

    While Froome still has a chance to win the Vuelta, Contador, who is now 3min 43sec behind Quintana, only has a slim hope to win a fourth title.

    UN Adopts Declaration on Refugees

    United Nations refugee chief Filippo Grandi said the investments "will help refugees become self-reliant". It is an achievement, in other words, that satisfies few.

    Yahoo hack: is this the biggest in history?

    It is also still unclear when Yahoo first discovered the hack and why it took the company two years to make its findings public. Spark says Yahoo has confirmed information from some of its Xtra customers is included in the stolen data .
  • IPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Are Reportedly Emitting Weird Noises

    American podcaster Stephen Hackett took to Twitter and wrote, "My iPhone 7 Plus makes awful noises when under load". That's right, some units seem to be making a hissing noise that seems to come originate from around the Apple logo.
    Uber drivers will snap selfies to signal they're legit

    Uber drivers will snap selfies to signal they're legit

    The company notes that not every driver will be asked to perform the new selfie check to avoid delays or other problems. Uber released a new set of safety guidelines on Friday created to protect against account theft and fraud.

    Bill Clinton will defend Clinton Foundation in Clinton Global Initiative speech

    Some foundation allies grumbled that the announcement ... was handled in an insensitive manner, according to the former officials.
  • Pipe bomb explodes before Marines charity run

    Pipe bomb explodes before Marines charity run

    A charity 5K race was cancelled because of the explosion and subsequent search, according to the race website . The runners were told to move, but little else, she said.
    Fed keeps key interest rate level - for now

    Fed keeps key interest rate level - for now

    Indonesia's central bank on Thursday cut its benchmark interest rate for the fifth time this year, in line with expectations. Indeed, the Reserve made clear in updated forecasts that it expects growth to remain tepid for the next three years.
    Erin Biggs: Clean water, sacred land

    Erin Biggs: Clean water, sacred land

    The narrative of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has been canonized in storytelling and American history. Energy Transfer Partners' willingness to proceed with the pipeline has produced a clear message.