Ronaldinho's house arrest request turned down

Ronaldinho (right)
Ronaldinho (right)

Asuncion - The brothers will remain in a maximum security prison on the outskirts of Asuncion



By Reuters

Published: Tue 10 Mar 2020, 9:18 PM

Last updated: Tue 10 Mar 2020, 11:21 PM

Former Brazil player Ronaldinho, who was arrested for possessing a fake Paraguayan passport, must remain in jail in the South American country after a judge on Tuesday refused a request for him to be released into house arrest.
The former Barcelona forward and his brother and business manager Roberto Assis were arrested last Friday after they were caught carrying the false Paraguayan documents.
Brazilians do not need a passport to enter Paraguay so it was unclear why Ronaldinho had the fake documents in his possession.
The brothers will remain in a maximum security prison on the outskirts of Asuncion for as long as six months, or until the investigation is complete, judge Gustavo Amarilla said.
"Ronaldinho's freedom could lead to an obstruction (of justice) or an escape," Amarilla told reporters. "His presence in the country is necessary."
The brothers offered a $770,000 property as a guarantee but prosecutor Marcelo Pecchi argued they were a flight risk.
"The investigation is only beginning, we are looking into other conducts that may be related," Pecchi told reporters.
 


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