The judge in charge of the case of Brazilian football star Ronaldinho, who was held more than a month ago in Paraguay prison for using a false passport, has announced that he was placed under house arrest in a hotel in the capital Asuncion.
“It is an alternative measure to Ronaldinho and his brother, and they are still stranded in a hotel,” Judge Gustavo Samaria told a news conference.
“I have assurances from the hotel’s management that they will be under house arrest there at their expense,” the judge added.
The judge explained that Ronaldinho’s lawyers offered $1.6 million in bonds for the release of the two brothers, the Paraguayan judiciary accepted which.
Because of the new Corona epidemic, the decision was communicated digitally to the defendants in the presence of the Public Prosecution and Defense Representative.
Ronaldinho, 39, and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira were arrested on March 6 in Asuncion, after being accused of entering Paraguay with false passports.
Ronaldinho and his brother arrived in Asuncion two days ago from Brazil and brought their passports to the immigration police, who did not immediately notice any problem with the documents.
Hours later, when the fraud case was noticed, the police raided the hotel where the player resides, where he promotes a book and attends conferences sponsored by charities caring for disadvantaged children, and they find false passports.
In investigations, Ronaldinho said he took my passports from people who invited him to conferences sponsored by charities working with disadvantaged children.
They arrested a Brazilian businessman involved in the case, while I placed two Paraguayan women under house arrest, and the matter led to the resignation of the Director of the Immigration Department of the country.
Ronaldinho is considered one of the most prominent players in the history of football, and he has won almost all the titles available to him from the World Cup, Copa America, the Confederations Cup, the Champions League, the Spanish League, the Italian and the Golden Ball, as he represented 3 of the largest European clubs are Barcelona, Milan, Italy and Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldinho is held in police cells with 25 officers accused of various crimes and 4 politicians, including the former President of the Paraguayan Football Association and the former Speaker of Parliament.
A Brazilian court rejected Ronaldinho’s passport at the end of 2018, for not paying a $ 2.5 million fine against the backdrop of building an unauthorized wharf on the edge of a lake in a protected area in Porto Alegre (south), according to local media.