First Picture Of Ronaldinho As A Prisoner In Paraguay
The first picture of Ronaldinho as a prisoner have been revealed after a court in Paraguay refused the former Barcelona player bail as he posed too much of a 'flight risk.'
On Thursday the Brazil legend was arrested in Paraguay for allegedly trying to enter the country using a fake passport, along with his brother, with the documentation claiming the duo were from the country they were trying to enter.
Now the first image of Ronaldinho the prisoner has been released by Unicanal journalist Hernan Rodriguez, who tweeted the picture.
:flag_br: Ronaldinho was arrested yesterday at the airport after using a fake passport. The policeman who arrested him managed to take a photo with R10 & he also took pictures with the Attorney General's Office employees.
What a man. Always smiling even when arrested.:grinning: pic.twitter.com/JSObiT6N29
- FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 6, 2020
The judge made the ruling to keep Ronaldinho in confinement on Saturday under the belief that he would flee the country before the trail if he were allowed to go.
However the 39-year-old was left in a police holding cell rather than transferred to a jail because of his profile as a footballer.
Ronaldinho in jail with his brother, according to Globo they are sharing a cell with an arrested deputy. pic.twitter.com/TZfzwiQ7oG- Brasil Football :flag_br: (@BrasilEdition) March 7, 2020
Both Ronaldinho and his brother are due to appear in front of the judge again on Monday and lawyer Sergio Queiroz will ask for their release back to Brazil.
Queiroz has claimed the former player didn't know the passports were faked, telling Yahoo Sports, "Ronaldinho did not commit a crime because he did not know that the passport they gave him was faked."
RONALDINHO in handcuffs. Wow. :cry::flushed:
Wed: Entered Paraguay with fake passport
Thurs: Arrested & made to face an 8 hour grilling; promised he wouldn't face trail. Released.
Fri: Rearrested on suspicion of money laundering. Spends night in prison.
- E (@iamOkon) March 7, 2020
The judge explained that the maximum time for the investigation period is six months, giving the prospect of the former player spending that much time in prison, though it may not take that long.
Appeals for house arrest were rejected because there wasn't enough information on the house that the brothers were meant to be staying in.
The Brazilian is in Paraguay to 'attend conferences sponsored by charities that work with disadvantaged children.'