Ronaldinho Didn't Know Passports Were Fake - Lawyer
March. 09, 2020
Former Barcelona and Brazilian attacker Ronaldinho did not intentionally use forged documents to gain entry to Paraguay and ought to be released by authorities in Paraguay, his lawyer said.
Ronaldinho was detained alongside his brother Roberto, and they spent their third night behind bars in the capital Asuncion on Sunday as a result of using fake documents to illegally gain access into Paraguay.
Their lawyer Sergio Queiroz said he would ask for the brothers to be released and permitted to return to Brazil when they next appear before in a court on Monday.
“Ronaldinho did not commit a crime because he did not know that the passport they gave him was faked,” the lawyer said.
Queiroz said that prosecutors had agreed that the footballer had acted in good faith and the decision by a judge to order their detention was excessive and unwarranted.
Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of his generation, was one of the stand-out players at Brazil’s 2002 World Cup triumpg and played for club sides Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan and also has stints with various other clubs.
Ronaldinho and his brother departed Brazil for Asuncion on Wednesday and showed their passports to immigration police, who did flag anything suspicious with the documents at that instant.
Moments later, when the passports were deemed to be forged, investigators raided the room Ronaldinho and his brother were lodging in and confiscated their identity cards and travel documents.
Ronaldinho insisted the passports had been handed to him by people who had invited him to Paraguay to attend conferences hosted by charities working with disadvantaged children.
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