Pele’s son to serve drug-related prison sentence

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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 has handed himself in to complete his sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking.

Edinho, a former goalkeeper at Pele’s club Santos, 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, Reuters reported. Edinho protested his innocence and expressed confidence that “things will work themselves out”.

“I am very frustrated because I am being accused of money laundering and I never did that, there is no evidence of that,” Reuters quoted Edinho as responding to 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 is considered the greatest player of all time and helped Brazil win three World Cup titles.

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