Judge rules football legend Ronaldinho must remain in Paraguayan jail over false passport row

Former Brazilian international Ronaldinho Gaucho was ordered to remain in jail in Paraguay on Saturday after a judge ruled him a flight risk.

Reuters March 08, 2020 09:40:34 IST
Judge rules football legend Ronaldinho must remain in Paraguayan jail over false passport row
  • Former Brazilian international Ronaldinho Gaucho was ordered to remain in jail in Paraguay on Saturday after a judge ruled him a flight risk.

  • The ex-Barcelona forward was arrested on Friday for attempting to enter Paraguay with a false passport two days previously.

  • The duo had petitioned for release but judge Clara Ruiz Diaz said their alleged offence was a serious one against the interests of the Paraguayan state.

Asuncion: Former Brazilian international Ronaldinho Gaucho was ordered to remain in jail in Paraguay on Saturday after a judge ruled him a flight risk.

Judge rules football legend Ronaldinho must remain in Paraguayan jail over false passport row

Former soccer star Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira ahead of seeing a judge at Justice Palace in Asuncion. AP

The ex-Barcelona forward was arrested on Friday for attempting to enter Paraguay with a false passport two days previously and spent Friday night in a police cell along with his brother and business manager Roberto Assis.

The duo had petitioned for release but judge Clara Ruiz Diaz said their alleged offence was a “serious one against the interests of the Paraguayan state”. Because the pair posed a flight risk they must remain in custody, she added.

Ronaldinho’s lawyer said he found the decision “incredible” and would appeal.

“He (Ronaldinho) doesn’t understand what’s going on,” Tarek Tuma told reporters.

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