Former judge to probe Olympic ticket scandal

LONDON • Former High Court judge Carroll Moran has been appointed to head the investigation into the Irish Olympic ticket scandal in Rio and will also probe sales for the 2012 Games in London.

Ireland's Sports Minister Shane Ross said Moran would take up his position immediately and the independent investigation will look at ticketing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2012 London Olympics as well as this month's Rio Games.

Four of Ireland's top Olympic officials have been barred from leaving Brazil as police expand their investigation into the alleged illegal sale of tickets for the Games.

Three Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) officials had their passports, phones and laptops seized by Brazilian police as the Games wrapped up on Sunday, following the earlier arrest of OCI president Pat Hickey.

Rio police investigating the controversy wanted to question Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty, chief executive Stephen Martin and secretary-general Dermot Henihan.

They later ruled out Henihan's involvement in the alleged scheme, saying there was no evidence, after he appeared at police headquarters on Tuesday.

Kilty and Martin have yet to be questioned.

The non-statutory inquiry's work should be completed in 12 weeks after it looks into the receipt, distribution and sale of tickets allocated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to national Olympic committees.

"The OCI welcomes the appointment of Judge Carroll Moran to lead the state inquiry into the distribution of tickets at the Rio Olympics and other related matters. The OCI also notes the inquiry's terms of reference," an OCI statement read.

"An international accountancy firm will be appointed before the weekend by the OCI to conduct a review of the ticketing arrangements for the Rio Games.

"Earlier this week a data security firm (Espion) was appointed by the OCI to secure, copy and seal the OCI server and all OCI electronic data.

"All of the retrieved data will be reviewed by the soon to be appointed accountancy firm as part of its review. The findings of this review will be given to Judge Moran to be examined as part of his inquiry."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2016, with the headline 'Former judge to probe Olympic ticket scandal'. Subscribe