Ronaldinho is released from prison after paying 1.6 million dollar bail

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Retired soccer star Ronaldinho was released from a high-security jail in Paraguay on Tuesday after more than a month, but was ordered to serve house arrest at a luxury hotel while he's investigated for using a fake passport to enter the country.

The former Barcelona midfielder, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, was arrested on March 6 with his brother and business manager Roberto Assis. The brothers' lawyer has called their detention "arbitrary, abusive and illegal".

"I chose to put them in house arrest because the investigation is now well advanced, differently from the situation one month ago", Judge Gustavo Amarilla said when issuing the ruling.

Ronaldinho and his brother will spend the entire process at the Hotel Palmaroga in downtown Asuncion, just over two miles from the prison where they stayed for the last month. They will be allowed to receive visits.


Lawyers for Ronaldinho and Assis have posted a $1.6 million (£1.3m) bail on behalf of their clients, after a previous application was denied because authorities deemed the pair to be a flight risk.

"It's a significant bail in cash to guarantee they will not flee", Amarilla said.

He also won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006 and was named Federation Internationale de Football Association world player of the year in 2004 and 2005.

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