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Ronaldinho Released From House Arrest In Paraguay

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After five months in detention over alleged forged passport, former Brazil star Ronaldinho was on Monday released by a Paraguayan judge.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla also released Ronaldinhos brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, who also had been held for a month in jail and another four months under house arrest in a hotel in Paraguays capital, Asuncion, for the same charge.

The judge said that the 40-year-old former World Cup winner is free to travel to whatever country in the world he wants but he must inform us if he changes his permanent residence for a period of one year.

Dressed in jeans, a black beret and black shirt, Ronaldinho accepted the terms of his release, which include payment of $90,000 damages. His brother, who is also Ronaldinhos business manager, must pay $110,000.

The pair are also expected to appear before a judge in Brazil every three months Ronaldinho for a year and his brother for two.

Amarilla accepted a recommendation by four prosecutors to avoid the need for an oral trial.

Prosecutors did not believe Ronaldinho took part in the plan to manufacture the fake Paraguayan passports but believed de Assis Moreira was aware that the passports were false.

The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any issues, with Ronaldinho, the 2005 Ballon dOr winner, due to take part in an event in support of disadvantaged children.

However, two days later, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery that they had fake documents.

After being held in a police station in Asuncion, where Ronaldinho celebrated his 40th birthday on March 21st, the two men had been under house arrest for more than four months in a luxury hotel in the capital, on bail of $1.6 million.

The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering.

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