Pele’s son, Edinho to serve drug-related prison sentence

Guilty of drug trafficking and money laundering, the judge reduced Edinho's 33-year sentence to 12 years and 10 months on Thursday.

By: Reuters | Sao Paulo | Updated: February 25, 2017 7:43 am
Pele, Pele son prison, Edinho jail Pele, Pele football jail, Edinho convicted, Edinho football jail, Pele son jail, sports news, world news In this April 14, 2012, file photo, former football star Pele, center top, and his son Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, above at right, wave with children during during the centennial anniversary celebration of the team in Santos, Brazil. A court has issued on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, a warrant for Edson Cholbi do Nascimento’s arrest, in connection to drug trafficking and money laundering charges. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, File)

The son of football legend Pele turned himself in to police on Friday after a court ruled he must serve almost 13 years of a 33-year drug-trafficking sentence, his lawyer told Reuters. Also the former goalkeeper at Pele’s club Santos, Edinho was found guilty of drug trafficking and money laundering in 2005 but has been fighting the charges ever since. A judge heard his appeal against the original 33-year sentence on Thursday and reduced it to 12 years and 10 months. Edinho protested his innocence and expressed confidence that “things will work themselves out”.

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“I am very frustrated because I am being accused of money laundering and I never did that, there is no evidence of that,” Edinho told reporters in Santos, the city where his father made his name. “The argument is about my friendship with the other accused, and I never denied that, but I never laundered money.” Edinho, whose full name is Edson Cholbi do Nascimento. He vowed to keep fighting the charges.

His father Pele, 76, is considered the greatest player of all time and helped Brazil to win three World Cup titles.

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