Ronaldinho released from prison in Paraguay after six-month stay

Ronaldinho released from prison in Paraguay after six-month stay

Ronaldinho is seen after the hearing at the Supreme Court of Justice, where a Paraguayan judge grants his freedom after months of detention in Asuncion, Paraguay, August 24, 2020.

The former Barcelona forward and his brother were arrested in March for entering the country with false passports and, a month later, were placed under house arrest at a luxury hotel in the country's capital, Asuncion, after paying bail of $800,000 each.

The brothers will also have to pay a fine of $200,000 (NZ$306,000) between the two of them.

Now, a Paraguayan judge has ordered Ronaldinho to be released as part of a deal that's being described as a "conditional suspension" of the charges. Defence attorneys Tarek Tuma and Alcides Cáceres said their clients will establish residence in Rio de Janeiro.

Ronaldinho and his brother, Roberto Assis, were jailed in March after entering the country with fake passports.

Ronaldinho was travelling to the country to promote a campaign for underprivileged children.

Ronaldinho was a monster back in his playing days - winning World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

After being held in a police station in Asuncion, where the 2005 Ballon d'Or celebrated his 40th birthday on 21 March, the two men have been under house arrest for nearly five months in a luxury hotel in the capital, on bail of $1.6 million.

"There is no indication that [Ronaldinho] has any personal characteristics or criminal behavior which would put society at risk", one prosecutors said.

Roberto agreed to a criminal record in Paraguay, but Ronaldinho's record will be clean there.

In the summer of 2019 Ronaldinho reportedly had dozens of properties taken under the control of the authorities in Brazil, while also having his Brazilian passport confiscated over an unpaid fine and debts.

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