Ronaldinho’s first images as a prisoner in the Paraguayan prison emerges online; the Brazilian footballer was caught with a fake passport.
On last Thursday Ronaldinho along with his brother were caught by the Paraguayan officials on account of allegedly using fake Paraguayan passports to enter the country.
Now with the first images of Ronaldinho inside a cell have been emerged online since his arrest in the South American nation by a Unicanal journalist Hernan Rodriguez, who tweeted the picture.
The Paraguayan court has ordered to put the retired footballer in a confinement on Saturday under the belief that he would flee the country before the trial if he were allowed to go.
Jornalista paraguaio Hernan Rodriguez publicou uma foto que seria de Ronaldinho Gaúcho preso. Acredito que esse seja o rolê mais aleatório que o bruxo conseguiu fazer nos ultimos anos, hein?!? pic.twitter.com/z1E10NxIqA
— Marcelo Alixandre (@daredacao) March 9, 2020
In the end, Ronaldinho is kept in a police holding cell rather than transferred to jail because of his profile as a footballer. Latest updates report that both Ronaldinho and his brother are due to appear in court on Monday.
Ronaldinho’s lawyer Sergio Queiroz will ask for their leave in the next hearing, the lawyer earlier claimed that the footballing legend is innocent didn’t know the passports were faked.
“Ronaldinho did not commit a crime because he did not know that the passport they gave him was faked,” said Sergio Queiroz to Yahoo, after the initial updates flew in.
🇧🇷 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.😀 pic.twitter.com/JSObiT6N29
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 6, 2020
The judge has explained that the maximum time for the investigation is six months, giving the limit of time, Brazilian might have to spend in the prison, although it is a distant possibility.
RONALDINHO in handcuffs. Wow. 😢😳
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
Appeals for house arrest were rejected because there wasn’t enough information on the house that the brothers were meant to be staying in. Ronaldinho is in Paraguay to ‘attend conferences sponsored by charities that work with disadvantaged children.’
Now it is remained to be seen, what actions does the judiciary of Paraguay will take ahead and what role the Brazilian government will play in this high profile case.