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LATEST: Pat Hickey's legal team issues statement claiming police probe “has no legal support”

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LATEST: Pat Hickey's legal team issues statement claiming police probe “has no legal support”

Pat Hickey's legal team has issued a statement, claiming that he is in jail even though the police probe “has no legal support”.

According to independent.ie, Rio-based lawyer Arthur Lavigne said Mr Hickey was arrested "under mere assumptions" and claimed the police probe “has no legal support”.

Mr Hickey, who is being held in a notorious Brazilian temporarily stood down as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland after he was arrested at his hotel early on Wednesday morning, by police from the Rio Police fraud unit.

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

The 71-year-old, who was arrested on Wednesday at his hotel in Rio de Janeiro, is currently detained at the José Frederico Marques in the Gericinó complex which is known locally as Bangu.

He has had his head shaved and is being treated the same as "any other prisoner" at Brazil's largest jail, where he is sharing a cell with with Kevin Mallon as both men wait to see if they are formally charged in the Olympic Games ticket-touting controversy.

The Dublin finance director of British company THG, Mr Mallon was arrested in the city on August 5th in possession of 823 Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) tickets.