Ronaldinho released after arrest

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Nearly six months after Ronaldinho was imprisoned and then placed under house arrest, the Brazil legend and his brother have now been released.

Ronaldinho has spent the past five months in detention, four of which were in the form of house arrest at a luxury hotel in Paraguay, after he and his brother Assis were arrested in March for entering the country with fake passports.

The 2005 Ballon d'Or winner is now a free man once again after being released on Monday, 171 days after his arrest, although he has been slapped with a massive $200 000 (R3.3 million) penalty for damages.

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According to the BBC, the court found that neither Ronaldinho nor his brother had any role in obtaining the fake passports, although it was of the view that the siblings were aware of the fact that the documents had been falsified. 

"The precautionary measure of arrest is lifted, there are no more restrictions placed by Paraguayan justice," Judge Gustavo Amarilla said.

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