Lionel Messi's brother under house arrest over gun possession

Updated: 12 December, 2017 17:10 IST | A Correspondent | Buenos Aires

Matias Messi, older brother of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel, has been sentenced to house arrest in Argentina for possession of a weapon, a prosecutor said Monday

According to reports from Buenos Aires in Argentina, Matias has been sentenced to house arrest for possession of a weapon. Matias, 35, will be discharged from hospital later today and transferred to his home in Rosario, 300 kilometres north of the capital Buenos Aires, a prosecutor said.

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Matias was taken to hospital with facial injuries after being found in a drifting and blood-stained motorboat on November 30, apparently after colliding with a sandbank. He was arrested for possession of a firearm found in the boat. This is the second time that the Argentine football star's brother has been arrested for possession of a firearm.

The offence carries a jail sentence of between three-and-a-half and eight years.

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First Published: 12 December, 2017 10:46 IST

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