Patrick Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland in 2012.
Julien Behal—PA Wire/Zuma Press
By Mahita Gajanan
August 22, 2016

Brazilian authorities have barred four Ireland Olympic officials from leaving the country amid an investigation into alleged illegal ticket sales.

Police seized passports, phones and laptops of three officials from the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) on Sunday, as the games finished, following the arrest of president Pat Hickey last week. OCI chief executive Stephen Martin, secretary general Dermot Henihan and Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty were accused of illegally selling Olympic tickets.

The men were not arrested and agreed to present themselves for questioning at a local police station this Tuesday, an OCI statement said. Authorities also took an allocation of unused official tickets held in the OCI offices.

The OCI said in a statement on Monday that it has appointed a crisis management subcommittee to respond to the events in Rio. The subcommittee will appoint an international accountancy firm to independently review ticketing arrangements and present a report to the judge handling the case.

 

 

Write to Mahita Gajanan at mahita.gajanan@time.com.

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