Barcelona and Brazil legend Ronaldinho launched from Paraguay prison soon after 5 months


A Paraguayan judge ended the household arrest of former Barcelona player Ronaldinho Gaucho on Monday, freeing the way for him to return to Brazil and finish a additional than 5-month ordeal that started when he experimented with to enter the nation with an adulterated passport.

A judge in Asuncion agreed to a “conditional suspension” of costs, correctly clearing the player of any accountability for the crime but ordering him to spend $90,000 in fees, which would be offered to charitable organizations.

“The precautionary measure of arrest is lifted, there are no additional restrictions positioned by Paraguayan justice,” Judge Gustavo Amarilla informed the court.

Ronaldinho, who wore a black t-shirt, hat and mask in court, remained expressionless and with arms crossed following the judgment.

The football star ideas to depart the Paraguayan capital Asuncion for Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday morning on a personal plane, Federico Gonzalez, an advisor to the Paraguayan presidency who also runs the government advisory services on coronavirus-connected travel restrictions, informed a neighborhood radio station.

The charismatic striker, who aided Brazil win the 2002 Planet Cup, was arrested on March six along with his brother and business enterprise manager Roberto Assis when they experimented with to enter Paraguay with adulterated Paraguayan passports.

They have been held in jail for 32 days prior to currently being launched into household arrest in a best Asuncion hotel soon after paying out $one.six million in bail.

In accordance to paperwork observed by Reuters, prosecutors in the situation stated they observed “no factors to show that (Ronaldinho) immediately participated in acquiring the irregular paperwork.”

The brothers have repeatedly maintained their innocence with their attorney calling their detention “arbitrary, abusive and unlawful.”

Ronaldinho final played professionally in 2015, which include for Brazilian clubs Atletico Mineiro, Flamengo and Fluminense, but stays hugely well-liked with international football followers.

He won the Planet Cup as component of the Brazilian group in 2002 and the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. He was also named FIFA globe player of the 12 months in 2004 and 2005.

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