Rosell’s family ‘struggling to eat’

The family of jailed former Barcelona president Sandro Rossell are ‘struggling to eat’ and have no money, according to his lawyer.

Pau Molins has explained that the freezing of assets of Rossell – who was jailed in May this year – has led to torment for his family.

“A six-month jail sentence is a massive ordeal for families,” Molins explained on radio station RAC1.

“Right now, his family is living off the kind money donated from others as all his accounts have been seized – it’s just as well others have helped because if they had not, they would not have enough to eat.

“Assets have been taken away including the cars which were under Rosell’s name.

“To keep him in prison is wrong, there are other ways to strip him of his liberties and there is no advantage to keeping him locked up.

“What about an ankle tag, or taking away his passport, or making him regularly attend meetings? The current situation is wrong.”

The 53-year-old stands accused of assisting to launded €15m via tax havens between the years of 2007 and 2011, and was arrested on 25 May in relation to buying television rights for Brazil matches.

Rosell was Barca president between 2010 and denies any wrongdoing, while he was also stand trial in a separate case linked to Neymar’s signing from Santos in 2013.

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