Ronaldinho released after 171 days detention

BOGOTA – After nearly six months of house arrest in Paraguay, former soccer star Ronaldinho was granted liberty on Monday, reported Anadolu Agency.

The ex-Barcelona forward and his brother, Roberto de Assis Moreira, were arrested for entering the country with false passports on March 4.

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Ronaldinho and Roberto paid bail of US$800,000 each and were moved to a four-star hotel in the country’s capital, Asuncion, remaining under house arrest, where they spent most of the detention time.

The two brothers will be allowed to leave the country, and while the former Barcelona star will be left without a criminal record in Paraguay after paying a fine of US$90,000, Roberto has paid a fine of US$110,000 but will keep a criminal record and must also check in with authorities every three months over the next two years in Brazil, during which time he will not be allowed to leave his home country.

–BERNAMA