Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Ronaldinho Now Under House Arrest After Spending 32 Days In Paraguayan Prison

Former Barcelona and AC Milan FC superstar Ronaldinho has finally been released from a Paraguayan prison after having spent only 32 days of his supposed 6-month sentence. 

According to Dailymail, the soccer genius who recently celebrated his 40th birthday in prison will now be put under house arrest at a hotel in the country’s capital of Asuncion after reportedly paying a £1.3million bond.

The Brazilian former soccer player was arrested in Paraguay last month for unlawfully entering the country using forged travel documents. He was arrested together with his older brother Roberto de Assis. Although the pair professed ignorance of the forgery scheme, they were denied bail after prosecutors argued that they posed a serious flight risk if released from custody. The pair have revealed that they received the documents from a friend, as a gift. 

Former football star Ronaldinho attends an interview about teqball as The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) celebrate one year until the Sanya Asian Beach Games at The Sanya Edition on November 29, 2019 in Sanya, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)
Former football star Ronaldinho attends an interview about teqball as The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) celebrate one year until the Sanya Asian Beach Games at The Sanya Edition on November 29, 2019 in Sanya, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)
The suspect has since been arrested.

Ronaldinho’s lawyer Adolfo Marin said the former player had been ‘stupid’ and criticised the courts for not taking into account his mistake.

‘The courts have not taken into account the fact that Ronaldinho didn’t know he was committing a crime, because he didn’t understand he had been given false documents. He is stupid.’

Reports published earlier revealed grim expectations for the pair. We reported that Ronaldhino was could spend six-month imprisonment for the offence. He was also warned that if he was to be granted bail he would be forced to remain in the country until investigations are completed. Appeals for house arrest had earlier been rejected because there wasn’t sufficient information provided on the house that the brothers were meant to be staying in.

According to Bloomberg, Ronaldinho’s passport was seized in November 2018 by authorities because of a lawsuit over alleged environmental crimes. Although the star received his travel documents back in 2019 after striking a deal with prosecutors, it was not immediately clear why he did not use his original travel documents. 

However, the footballer and his brother claim that they were hoodwinked into believing that the documents were original.

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