Ronaldinho Freed After Fake Passport Charge

Ronaldinho (photo credit: Forbes)
Ronaldinho (photo credit: Forbes)

Ronaldinho is free to return home to Brazil after five months living under house arrest in Paraguay with his brother, Roberto Assis.

The pair were arrested in Paraguay in early March after using false passports to enter the country.

In April, they were released from prison after lawyers posted a $1.6 million bail on their behalf, and they were placed under house arrest in a hotel in Asuncion to await trial.

Ronaldinho arrested in Paraguay over fake passport claims (credit: onefootball)

The pair had faced up to five years behind bars if convicted.

Both brothers have pleaded guilty to entering the country with fake passports as part of the agreement. Ronaldinho has paid a fine of $90,000, while Assis has been fined $110,000.

While Assis will now have a criminal record in Paraguay, Ronaldinho will not.

Assis is not permitted to leave Brazil for two years, and must periodically present himself to Brazilian authorities in Rio de Janeiro during that 24-month span.

Ronaldinho playing football in prison (credit: Santiago Ravidlas/Twitter)

The former Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG star is now free to return to Brazil and reports claim that he can leave at any time if he makes officials aware of how long he will be out of the country.

Ronaldinho and Assis were initially detained after producing the fake documents having travelled to Paraguay to take part in a number of promotional events.

They spent 32 days in the maximum-security Agrupacion Especializada prison after being arrested at the Resort Yacht and Golf Club Paraguay.

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source: Goal

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