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    European Olympic Committee Head Transferred to Brazil's Largest Prison - Reports

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    European Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) President Patrick Hickey, who has been arrested in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of illegal Olympic ticket sales, was transferred to Brazil's largest prison complex located in West Rio de Janeiro, media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the 71-year-old was arrested at a hotel and is suspected of organizing the passing of tickets to a company that would later sell them in Ireland, a process managed through the OCI.

    According to the Independent, Hickey is now being held in Jose Frederico Marques Public jail, known locally as Bangu 10 facility, a committal prison, which is the general entry point for all inmates entering Gericino Penitentiary Complex, where he will be processed for some time.

    Police also reportedly arrested 20 ticket buyers present in the hotel in which Hickey stayed, a well as a man in possession of nearly 800 illegal tickets.

    The Summer Olympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 until August 21.

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