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Pat Hickey wheeled out of hospital and into police custody

Pat Hickey, in wheelchair, is escorted by police to a waiting car at the Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Pat Hickey, in wheelchair, is escorted by police to a waiting car at the Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Steve Humphreys

PAT HICKEY has been taken from a hospital in Rio de Janeiro by police and brought for questioning.

The 71-year-old, who temporarily stepped down as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), was arrested on Wednesday morning at his hotel room in the Brazilian city.

However, after telling police he had a heart problem, he was brought to Hospital Samaritano in the Barra district instead of a police station.

Pat Hickey

He remained there for over a day but at around 3.30pm (local time) today he was moved from the health facility to a waiting Civil Police car.

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

Brazilian detectives say the offences carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison.