Updated: 28/06/17 : 13:16:39
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Former OCI President Pat Hickey Speaks Exclusively to Newstalk 106-108fm

Pat Hickey, the former Olympic Council of Ireland President has insisted he "will be proven innocent" in the Brazilian courts, in an exclusive interview with Paul Williams, for Newstalk 106-108fm.

In the interview, which aired on Newstalk Breakfast broadcast this morning, Pat Hickey said he was "absolutely humiliated" when he was arrested in Brazil and spent time in prison and under house arrest as part of an investigation into alleged ticket touting. 

The story of Mr Hickey's arrest made international headlines and images of his arrest at his hotel were widely published.  He argued: "There's not a doubt about it that I was absolutely humiliated and treated in a disgraceful manner on my arrest. Everyone in the world saw, the media were at the door.”

"The judge of the high court of Brazil said I should never, ever have been arrested and put in prison."

Speaking to Paul Williams on Newstalk Breakfast, Mr Hickey stressed that he could not go into details about the case as it is still in front of the courts in Rio.

He stated: "I'd like to just emphasise that I am totally innocent of all these charges, and I will be proven innocent, and my legal team in Brazil are working flat out."

Mr Hickey spoke about the impact the experience has had on himself and his family.

He observed: "This has left a devastating effect on my family - on my wife, on my children... devastating. It's affected my own health. As a result of all this stress, I now have a heart problem, and I have had two medical procedures."

Mr Hickey remains the Irish member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and he says the organisation is "fully backing me and fully supporting me in this crazy situation I find myself in".

Mr Hickey also discussed some of the wider criticism he received during and after his detention in Brazil.  He observed: "Lots of people said many things about me when I was away. My legal team have kept a record and a track of everything.

"When I clear my name, I'll spend some time reading over all those."

Mr Hickey was critical of the then Minister of Sport, Shane Ross, who was also in Rio at the time of his arrest. 

"In the short term he was in office, I've always had a good relationship with him as a Minister of Sport”.

"I do note, and I checked this with my colleagues in the OCI, he never made any enquiries into my condition. I would have thought that a Minister of Sport, and I'm one of the highest office holders of sport in Ireland - that he would have taken due care and attention to look after a fellow citizen and a fellow human, and to show some humanity. But as I said, he scarpered back home, and I was left to my own devices with my legal team to set me free."

Audio of the Pat Hickey interview with Paul Williams on Newstalk Breakfast is available on http://www.newstalk.com/NewstalkBreakfast