March 7, 2020 - 16:08 AMT
Ronaldinho arrested in Paraguay for alleged fake passport

Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested in Paraguay on Friday, March 6, for allegedly using fake passports to enter the country, the BBC reports.

Prosecutors say they were given the false documents when they landed in the capital Asuncion on Wednesday.

The pair were taken into custody just hours after a judge refused to uphold a prosecutor's proposal for an alternative punishment.

The prosecutor argued the brothers had been tricked. They deny any wrongdoing.

The pair, who were questioned by police, said they thought the passports were a courtesy gesture. Officers later searched their hotel.

In July 2019, the player reportedly had his Brazilian and Spanish passports confiscated over unpaid taxes and non-payment of fines for illegally building on a nature reserve in Brazil.

"I respect his sporting popularity but the law must also be respected. No matter who you are, the law still applies", Paraguay's Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo told local media this week.

The 39-year-old had travelled to Paraguay to promote a book and a campaign for underprivileged children.

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