This file photo taken on June 24, 2015 shows President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Patrick Hickey of Ireland speaking during an interview at the 2015 European Games in Baku. / AFP / JACK GUEZ
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The 71-year-old Irishman, who was also head of the Olympic Council of Ireland before his detention, has been in police custody since Aug. 10 and is detained in a maximum security prison in Rio de Janeiro pending further hearings in the case.On Saturday, a court authorized the release of Kevin James Mallon, another Irishman and THG director who was arrested days before Hickey and was being held in the same prison.It was not clear whether the court will rule on Hickey's petition in the time frame suggested by his attorneys.
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