November 16, 2016 / 10:13 PM / 8 months ago

Rio courts clear ex-IOC executive to leave Brazil on bail

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Former top European member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Patrick Hickey, leaves a police station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 6, 2016.Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The former head of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey can retrieve his passport from Brazilian authorities and return to Ireland once he posts bail of 1.5 million reais ($440,000), a court representative in Rio de Janeiro said on Wednesday.

Hickey was detained during the Olympic Games in Rio in August as part of an investigation into an illegal ticket-scalping ring. He was released from jail on the condition that he give up his passport and remain in Brazil.

($1 = 3.42 reais)

Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Brad Haynes; Editing by Daniel Flynn

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