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Ronaldinho released from prison under house arrest

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Ronaldinho and his brother have been freed from the prison in Paraguay and placed under house arrest after 32 days in jail.

Brazilian football icon Ronaldinho was arrested last month after allegedly trying to enter Paraguay with the help of a fake passport.

The forward, along with his older brother Roberto Assis, has been in the country’s Agrupacion Especializada prison since then. But after spending over a month at the maximum-security facility, following a court hearing on Tuesday, the brothers have now been allowed to leave.

However, they still await the trial on their charges and are placed under house arrest at the Hotel Palmaroga in Asuncion.

Ronaldinho and his brother were initially sentenced for a six-month-long jail time but, as Forbes reports, they were released after the lawyers posted a bail of around €1.5 million ($1.6 million).

In a statement, the Ministry of Interior of Paraguay said: “The Attorney General’s office issued a warrant for their arrest, charged the player Ronaldinho with using a public document with false content and requested preventative detention.”