Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested in Asuncion on Friday, the public ministry of Paraguay said after they entered the country on fake passports.
The ministry tweeted, “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.”
Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira had concluded a court appearance and left the Palace of Justice at 8:15 pm on Friday night (23:15 GMT).
Less than two hours later though, they got into a closed van at the headquarters of the National Police.
However, Adolfo Marin, an attorney of Ronaldinho’s brother, said that he did not understand why they were arrested.
Marin told, “We don’t know under what authority they were arrested.”
The brothers were examined by the public prosecutor in Asuncion for more than seven hours on Thursday.
Ronaldinho was invited by a foundation for needy children to the Paraguayan capital, and also to promote his new book.
The former two-time world player of the year and his brother were arrested at their hotel on Wednesday.
According to Delfino, their fake documents had been found upon their arrival at Asuncion International Airport.
Ronaldinho was given a fake passport by Brazilian businessman Wilmondes Sousa Lira and he has been arrested according to the inspector leading the investigation.