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Ronaldinho charged to court for entering Paraguay with 'fake passport'

Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and his brother appeared in Paraguayan court on Thursday accused of having entered country using forged passports.

The former World Cup winner arrived at court in the morning alongside Paraguayan lawyer Adolfo Marin, AFP reporters at the scene said.




According to Gilberto Fleitas,, the inspector leading the investigation, Ronaldinho was given his fake passport by Brazilian businessman Wilmondes Sousa Lira, who has been arrested.

Former two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho and his brother were detained on Wednesday at their hotel.


Their fake documents were detected upon arrival at the Asuncion international airport, according to lead prosecutor Federico Delfino.

Ronaldinho and his brother traveled using “doctored Paraguayan passports and fake identity cards,” Delfino said.

Brazilian authorities withdrew Ronaldinho’s passport in November 2018 after he failed to pay a $2.5 million fine for environmental damage incurred during the building of a property in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil.

Interior minister Euclides Acevedo said Ronaldinho’s celebrity status would not spare him.

“As an authority, we couldn’t ignore this irregularity,” he said, adding that those who allowed Ronaldinho into the country would also be investigated.

The 39-year-old former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain forward went to Asuncion to launch a program to encourage children to lead an active lifestyle, and to promote his new book.

AFP




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