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Ronaldinho lands in Brazil after Paraguay detention

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Former football star Ronaldinho arrived home in Brazil on a private jet on Tuesday, following more than five months in detention in Paraguay over a fake passport scandal.

The former Ballon d’Or winner arrived at Rio de Janeiro’s international airport from Paraguay’s capital Asuncion just before 4:30 pm (1930 GMT.)

A judge on Monday released Ronaldinho, 40, and his brother, who had both been held for a month in jail and another four months under house arrest in a hotel in Asuncion.

The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 because Ronaldinho was due to take part in an event in support of disadvantaged children.

However, two days later, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents.

The former World Cup winner is now “free to travel to whatever country in the world he wants but he must inform us if he changes his permanent residence” for a period of one year, the judge said.

“He has no restrictions except for the fulfilment of reparations for damage to society.”

Dressed in jeans, a black beret and black shirt at Monday’s court hearing, Ronaldinho accepted the terms of his release, which include payment of $90,000 in damages.

His brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager, must pay $110,000.

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The judge stressed that he was not issuing a “definitive dismissal” of the case but that Ronaldinho was benefitting from a “conditional suspension of the procedure.”

His brother was given a two-year suspended sentence.

The post Ronaldinho lands in Brazil after Paraguay detention appeared first on Sporting Life.

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