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Sports Football 07 Mar 2020 Former Brazil footba ...

Former Brazil football star Ronaldinho, his brother arrested in Paraguay

AFP
Published Mar 7, 2020, 12:43 pm IST
Updated Mar 7, 2020, 12:43 pm IST
Initially Ronaldinho and his brother were detained on Wednesday at their hotel
Brazilian retired footballer Ronaldinho (second right) arrives at Asuncions Justice Palace on Friday to testify about his irregular entry into the country. AFP Photo
 Brazilian retired footballer Ronaldinho (second right) arrives at Asuncions Justice Palace on Friday to testify about his irregular entry into the country. AFP Photo

Asuncion: Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested in Asuncion, Paraguay's public ministry said, after entering the country on fake passports.

"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 tweeted.

 

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira had finished a court appearance and left the Palace of Justice Friday night at 8:15 pm (2315 GMT). However, less than two hours later, they got into a closed van at the National Police headquarters.

The brothers' lawyer, Adolfo Marin, said he did not understand why they had been arrested. "We don't know under what authority they were arrested," Marin told reporters. The brothers had been questioned for more than seven hours on Thursday by the public prosecutor in Asuncion.

Prosecutor Federico Delfino said he had decided not to pursue charges against the pair, as they "contributed relevant information to the investigation" and were acting in "good faith" in receiving the falsified Paraguayan documents.

The former two-time world player of the year and his brother were detained on Wednesday at their hotel. Their fake documents were detected upon arrival at the Asuncion international airport, according to Delfino.

According to the inspector leading the investigation, Ronaldinho was given a fake passport by Brazilian businessman Wilmondes Sousa Lira, who has been arrested.

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