According to France 24, Brazilian star Ronaldinho will stay in jail after an appeals court in Paraguay on Friday denied an application by his lawyers to free him by pre-trial custody following a false passport investigation.
Ronaldinho and his brother, Roberto, have been held in a police cell in Paraguay since March 5 for allegedly using false documentation upon their arrival in Paraguay capital Asuncion.
Lawyers representing the former Barcelona attacking midfielder and Roberto filed an appeal last Thursday, two days after another court rejected their request to release the duo on bail or to house arrest.
“The risk of flight and the risk of obstruction of the investigation, which is the basis of the detention measure against the Assis Moreira brothers, has not changed,” the appeals court judges said in a statement.
Sixteen persons have been implicated in the fake passport scandal so far, public prosecutor Federico Delfino said.
Ronaldinho and his brother are being kept in the same police cell in a building with 192 other prisoners.
The former Paris Saint-German and AC Milan star is currently without a Brazilian passport because of an environmental fine he received back in 2018.
Ronaldinho won several trophies and individual awards, including two Ballon d’ Or and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.