Football legend Ronaldinho arrested in Paraguay over fake passport claims
Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and his brother were detained in Asuncion on Friday, the public ministry of Paraguay said after they entered 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 nephew, Roberto de Assis Moreira, had completed a court appearance and left the courthouse Friday evening.
Less than two hours later though, they got into a closed cab at the headquarters of the National Police.
Adolfo Marin, an attorney for the men, said he did not understand why they were charged.
“We don’t know under what authority they were arrested,” Marin told reporters.
The brothers had been examined by the public prosecutor in Asuncion for more than seven hours Thursday.
Prosecutor Federico Delfino said he had decided not to pursue charges against the pair, because they “contributed relevant information to the investigation” and behaved in “good faith” in obtaining the falsified Paraguayan documents.
Ronaldinho was given a fake passport by Brazilian businessman Wilmondes Sousa Lira, who has been arrested, according to the investigator leading the investigation.