Ronaldinho released from Paraguayan prison, confined to house arrest

Ronaldinho and his brother have been released from Paraguayan jail (Courtesy Photo)
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Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis have been released from prison in Paraguay, Africa Tembelea has learnt.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla decided that the duo can live in a hotel in Asuncion while they await trial on their charges.

This is after Lawyers for Ronaldinho and Assis posted a $1.6 million (£1.3m) bail on behalf of their clients, after a previous application was denied because authorities deemed the pair to be a flight risk.

Ronaldinho and Assis were detained after producing ‘fake’ travel documents as they entered Paraguay in March, having traveled to the country to take part in a number of promotional events.

The duo ended up inside the maximum security Agrupacion Especializada prison after being arrested at the Resort Yacht and Golf Club Paraguay.

“The Attorney General’s office issued a warrant for their arrest, charged the player Ronaldinho with using a public document with false content and requested preventative detention,” the Ministry of Interior of Paraguay said in a statement.

Ronaldinho’s lawyers have argued that their client had been given the Paraguayan passport as a gift from a local sponsor, and was unaware he was doing anything wrong by using it.

Africa Tembelea understands that during his time behind bars, the former Barcelona star has been keeping busy by taking part in a number of prison football matches.

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