British ticket touting suspect released from Brazil prison

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British ticket touting suspect released from Brazil prison

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The British citizen arrested as part of a World Cup ticket touting investigation has been released from prison in Brazil.

Ray Whelan – director of a FIFA-sanctioned ticketing and hospitality company – was first arrested four weeks ago and released on bail.

However he disappeared from his hotel a fortnight later via a service entrance minutes before police investigating illegal World Cup ticket sales arrived to arrest him again.

After surrendering himself to a judge in Rio the 64-year-old was held in the notorious Bangu Prison but on Wednesday was released after a Brazilian supreme court judge granted him an injunction.

Whelan is alleged to have been part of an operation involved in the illegal resale of hospitality tickets and VIP passes for World Cup matches.

He denies any wrong doing claiming he had been authorised to sell some 30 World Cup packages that his firm had been left with following a cancellation.