Brazilian footballing icon Ronaldinho became the centre of controversy last month after he was arrested in Paraguay for allegedly entering the country with fake passport. A month has passed since the former Barcelona and AC Milan star was put in detention, as court hearings and new facts turned up in the case, as the player’s lawyer pushed for a bail. Now, Ronaldinho has finally seen himself out from the prison after 32 days- but has been put in house arrest in a hotel.
Along with his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, Ronaldinho arrived in the country with fake passports, arranged by a charitable foundation named ‘Angelic Fraternity’, which invited the iconic footballer for an event.
However, after police seized their rooms at the Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo for the fake ids, the brothers were put behind bars in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay last month.
The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner’s laywer Sergio Queiroz was already pushing for a temporary bail,, gave clearance to Ronaldinho and his brother for being oblivious about the passports being faked.
Despite new allegations were raised towards the foundation’s administrator Dalia Lopez, and also a businessman named Wilmondes Sousa Lira for giving the brothers the fake ids, an appeal for bail was at first rejected by the court in March.
However, the 40 year old former attacking midfielder and his brother is now out of his detention, but is now put under house arrest in Hotel Palmaroga, located in downtown Asunción, as Judge Gustavo Amarilla confirmed to reporters in a news conference.
“I have the assurance of the hotel managers that they, at their own expense, can observe house arrest there,” the judge said.
Due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the city is observing a lock down, and the hearing had to take place through mobile communication with the defence lawyer and public prosecutor.
During his time in detention for more than a month, the 2002 World Cup winner had no shortage of popularity amongst the inmates, and even took part in a recent prison football match, and scored 5 goals.