Ronaldinho DENIED release from maximum security Paraguay prison despite offering $800K property as guarantee
Brazilian football icon Ronaldinho and his brother must remain at a maximum security prison in Paraguay after their request to be transferred to house arrest was rejected by a judge on Tuesday.
The former Barcelona icon has been behind bars since being arrested last week for entering Paraguay with a false passport.
The World Cup winner, 39, is being kept at a maximum security facility outside the capital Asuncion along with his brother Roberto.
They had requested to be moved to house arrest – offering a US$770,000 property as a guarantee – but saw that bid rejected as a judge ruled Ronaldinho’s freedom “could lead to an obstruction (of justice) or an escape,”Reuters reported.
"His presence in the country is necessary," said judge Gustavo Amarilla.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Marcelo Pecchi told reporters that the pair posed a flight risk.
"The investigation is only beginning, we are looking into other conducts that may be related," he said.
"If these people leave right now they will not be able to be brought to face trial because Brazil does not extradite its own citizens."Also on rt.com Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho caught in Paraguay with FAKE passport (PHOTOS)
Ronaldinho – who scooped the Ballon d’Or prize for the world's best player in 2005 – could face up to six months in prison while the claims against him are investigated.
He had arrived in Paraguay in the middle of last week to conduct charity work and promote his book, Genius of Life, although was subsequently detained after suspicions he had entered with false documents.
A prison warden subsequently told Reuters that the football icon was “doing well” as pictures emerged of him in jail, although it’s as yet unclear how Ronaldinho took the rejection of his latest appeal.
Widely regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation, Ronaldinho burst onto the scene in Europe at Paris Saint-Germain before starring at Barcelona and then AC Milan.
However, he was never far from the headlines for his lifestyle away from the pitch, famously having a taste for nightlife and earning a reputation as a womaniser.Also on rt.com Three-way relationships, unpaid debts & ‘fake passport’ fiascos: Brazilian playboy Ronaldinho has never been far from scandal
In recent years he has also faced legal issues with unpaid debts in his Brazilian homeland, with his passport being confiscated back in July 2019.
It’s unclear why he entered Paraguay with fake documents as Brazilians do not need a passport to visit the country.