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Paraguay court releases Ronaldinho into house arrest in Asuncion hotel

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Paraguay court releases Ronaldinho into house arrest in Asuncion hotel

Paraguay court releases Ronaldinho into house arrest in Asuncion hotel

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho Gaucho is released from jail into house arrest in Paraguay after he and his brother pay $1.6 million in bail.

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VIDEO SHOWS: BRAZILIAN FORMER SOCCER PLAYER RONALDINHO GAUCHO ARRIVING AT HOTEL AFTER BE RELEASED FROM JAIL INTO HOUSE ARREST IN PARAGUAY / ONE SOUNDBITE FROM PARAGUAYAN JUDGE GUSTAVO AMARILLA / VIDEO CONFERENCE BETWEEN RONALDINHO, RONALDINHO'S LAWYERS AND JUDGE RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT SHOWS: ASUNCION, PARAGUAY (APRIL 7, 2020) (TELEFUTURO - NO USE PARAGUAY) 1.

BRAZILIAN FORMER SOCCER PLAYER RONALDINHO GAUCHO ARRIVING AT HOTEL 2.

RONALDINHO CHECKING IN HOTEL 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PARAGUAYAN, JUDGE GUSTAVO AMARILLA, SAYING: "According to the Public Ministry after the completed expertise, it does not find elements for the imputation, which favors them (Ronaldinho and his brother).

Prosecutors have also said that the bail that was presented in court today and with which It is a significant bail in cash to guarantee they will not flee.

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VARIOUS, VIDEO CONFERENCE WHERE JUDGE INFORMED TO RONALDINHO THAT HE AND HIS BROTHER WILL BE RESEALED FROM JAIL INTO HOUSE ARREST 5.

RONALDINHO CHECKING IN HOTEL STORY: Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho Gaucho was released from jail into house arrest in Paraguay on Tuesday (April 7) after he and his brother paid $1.6 million in bail, the judge in his case said.

The former Barcelona, Paris St Germain and AC Milan midfielder, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, was arrested on March 6 with his brother and business manager Roberto Assis.

They were accused of possessing adulterated Paraguayan passports.

The brothers' lawyer has called their detention "arbitrary, abusive and illegal." The pair had been previously denied bail but the judge on Tuesday said the investigation carried out in the days since favoured the detainees.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla gave no further details but said there was no reason to keep the pair in custody given their huge bail payment and on the condition they do not leave the country.

The judge relayed his decision to the brothers in a video call and granted them permission to move into the four-star Palmaroga hotel in Asuncion while they awaited their trial.

They are expected left prison on Tuesday and they will be allowed to receive visits in the hotel.

The two men deposited $800,000 each as bail into a local bank account on Tuesday.

Although he last played professionally in 2015, Ronaldinho, who also represented Brazilian clubs Gremio, Atletico Mineiro, Flamengo and Fluminense, is still hugely popular with global football fans.

He also won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006 and was named FIFA world player of the year in 2004 and 2005.

(Production: Sanie Lopez, Liamar Ramos)




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