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Irish ex-judge to probe ticket scalping

Reporter: Xu Zhen 丨 CCTV.com

08-25-2016 15:58 BJT

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As for the arrest of Ireland's Olympic Council President Patrick Hickey on ticket scalping allegations, the probe has expanded to his inner circle. The disgraced administrator has "stepped aside" from his post, and Brazilian police have barred four other Irish sports officials from leaving the country.

And back home, a former high court judge has been appointed to launch an investigation, after the discovery of e-mails between Hickey and a British businessman whose company controls a ticket brokerage.

After learning the hard way that Rio is not a seller's market, Hickey remains in custody in the host city. OCI Secretary General Dermot Henihan has been cleared in the scheme, but authorities have seized the passports of team leader Kevin Kilty, and CEO Stephen Martin.

The police also want to talk to three other executives who have already returned to Ireland. But they won't escape the long arm of the law at home, as ex-judge Carroll Moran is now leading an Irish probe into the matter. He will look into all potential ticket selling iregularities from the Rio Games, as well as the 2012 London Olympics.

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