December 12, 2016 / 11:31 PM / 7 months ago

Ex-IOC executive Hickey posts bail, free to leave Brazil

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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) - Irishman Pat Hickey is to be given his passport back and will leave Brazil as soon as possible, his lawyers said on Monday after he posted bail in his alleged ticket-scalping case.

Hickey, the former head of the Olympic Council of Ireland and the European Olympic Committee, posted 1.5 million reais ($449,370.88) in bail, money loaned to him by an umbrella body that represents national Olympic committees.

"I shall grant the defendant Patrick his passport back as soon as he has signed the terms agreed," the judge in the case Marcelo Rubioli wrote.

Hickey was expected to sign immediately and leave Brazil, where he was arrested in August as part of an investigation into an illegal ticket-scalping ring during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The 71-year old has maintained he is innocent of all charges.

Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris

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