Ronaldinho to be released August 24

Ronaldinho to be released August 24 || Brazil great Ronaldinho could be released on August 24 after five months detention in Paraguay over a forged passport, judicial sources told AFP on Monday.
The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star was detained alongside his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira on March 6, suspected of entering Paraguay in possession of fake passports.

Both spent a month behind bars before paying a $1.6 million bail and being transferred to house arrest at the luxurious Palmaroga Hotel in the historic centre of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

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Judge Gustavo Amarilla has set a date of August 24 to hear the case against the brothers.

Prosecutors also sent a request to the judge that would see Ronaldinho, 40, pay a $90,000 fine “to mitigate social damage” but be permitted to return home to Brazil where he will have to appear before a judge every three months for a year.

Ronaldinho denies having any idea the passports were fake.

His brother — who supposedly knew about the fake passports — will have to pay a $110,000 fine and appear before a judge every three months for two years.

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Prosecutors have called for a two-year suspended prison term for Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager.

The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any problems, with Ronaldinho, 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, set to take part in event in support of deprived children.

However, soon after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody after authorities searched their hotel following the revelation they had fake papers.

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The investigation has since grown into a case of alleged money laundering.

Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was instrumental in Brazil ‘s 2002 World Cup title.

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