Pele’s Son To Serve 13 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering

Pele's Son To Serve 13 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering
Pele’s Son To Serve 13 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering

Pele’s Son To Serve 13 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering

The son of Brazil legend Pele has been told that he must serve almost 13 years behind bars.

Edinho says that he will turn himself into police after being ordered to fulfill some of his 33-year drug trafficking sentence.

Eugenio Malavasi, lawyer for Edinho, told Reuters: “He is going to turn himself in as soon as the decision is in the system.”

The former Santos goalkeeper, whose full name is Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, was found guilty of drug trafficking and money laundering in 2005 but has been fighting the charges since.

Edinho following his original sentencing back in 2005 (Photo: Reuters)
Pele attends a photocall for Pele: The Collection presented by Julien's Auctions on June 1, 2016 at the Mall Galleries
Pele is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time (Photo: Getty)

Edinho’s appeal was heard by a judge who reduced his 33-year sentence to 12 years and 10 months.

But Edinho’s lawyer claims that he is innocent and will continue to try and win his case.

His father, Pele, is considered by many as the greatest footballer of all-time.

Now 76, he helped Brazil to win three World Cup titles during an illustrious career on the international stage.

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