Due process must be respected in this matter. On the advice of senior legal counsel, the OCI will not risk prejudicing the ongoing judicial process in Brazil by making any further public comment. An Irish citizen has been charged by Brazilian authorities and he is fundamentally entitled to due process and to the presumption of innocence. The OCI will be happy to make public the findings of its own investigation at the appropriate time, but not before the Brazilian legal case has been resolved. Patrick Hickey will meet with the Minister on Sunday night in Rio and will provide an update on the current status where possible, although the OCI’s requests for further information from ROCOG, the IOC and Pro10 are still outstanding.
For the avoidance of doubt, the OCI is not investigating itself; it is investigating the chain of events from the appointment of Pro10 to the arrest of Mr Mallon. There remains no suggestion of any wrongdoing or misconduct on the part of the OCI or any of its staff.
The OCI directs anyone seeking further information to the OCI website where all public statements have been posted, in addition to responses to frequently asked questions about the current situation. All the information the OCI is able to provide is posted on these pages.