Brazilian Footballer Ronaldinho seeks bail in fake passport case

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

10th Mar, 2020. 10:29 am

Brazilian Footballer Ronaldinho seeks bail from Paraguayan authorities in fake passport case.

As per details, Lawyers for Brazilian footballer trying to organize a hearing to get him temporarily released from detention.

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto arrested and held in pre-trial detention in Asuncion for entering Paraguay using forged documents.

Lawyers trying to get the brothers a hearing on Tuesday in the hope of securing their temporary release.

Brazilian press reported that the country’s justice minister, Sergio Moro, contacted Paraguayan authorities over Ronaldinho’s case.

“Moro only called to obtain information on the case, because… the Brazilian government is following it,” a justice ministry official said, denying that Brazil was trying to meddle in the case.

Ronaldinho’s Brazilian lawyer Sergio Queiroz previously insisted the two-time world player of the year’s detention “illicit, illegal and unlawful.”

“Ronaldinho did not commit a crime because he did not know that passport they gave him faked,” he said.

The brothers spending a fourth day behind bars in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, where late summer temperatures have soared to 40 degrees Celsius.

Queiroz wants the pair to released and allowed to return to their home country.

He said prosecutors originally agreed that the footballer had acted in good faith before a judge ordered their detention, which Queiroz described as unwarranted.

Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, one of the stars of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win and played for European giants Barcelona Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, among others.

He and his brother arrived in Asuncion from Brazil on Wednesday and showed their passports to immigration police, who did not immediately notice any problem with the documents.

Hours later, when the passports determined fake, investigators raided the hotel room Ronaldinho was staying in and seized the brothers’ identity cards and travel documents.

Ronaldinho said the passports had been given to him by people who had invited him to attend conferences sponsored by charities working with disadvantaged children.

A Brazilian businessman has also been arrested in connection with the fake passports, while two Paraguayan women placed under house arrest and Paraguay’s migration director has resigned.

Queiroz said the brothers offered the passports “to facilitate the possibility of doing business” in Paraguay.

“The idea was to position Ronaldinho with brands and companies,” he added.

Paraguayan president Mario Abdo on Monday revoked by decree the legal status of the foundation that invited Ronaldinho to the country.

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