Lawyers for Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho are trying to organize a hearing to get him temporarily released from detention for allegedly entering Paraguay with a fake passport, defence sources told AFP on Monday.
Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto were arrested on Friday and held in pre-trial detention in Asuncion for entering Paraguay using forged documents.
Sources close to his defence team told AFP the lawyers were trying to get the brothers a hearing on Tuesday in the hope of securing their temporary release.
Brazilian press reported that the country's justice minister, Sergio Moro, had contacted Paraguayan authorities over Ronaldinho's case.
Ronaldinho's Brazilian lawyer Sergio Queiroz has previously insisted that the two-time world player of the year's detention was “illicit, illegal and unlawful.”
The brothers are spending a fourth day behind bars in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, where late summer temperatures have soared to 40 degrees Celsius.
Queiroz wants the pair to be released and allowed to return to their home country.
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