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Pele’s son given lengthy jail time

Edson Cholbi do Nascimento (yellow jersey), the son former soccer star Pele, will spend 12 years behind bars for money laundering. Picture: AP/Nelson Antoine

THE son of football legend Pele turned himself in late Friday after being ordered by a Brazilian court to begin serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking.

Edson “Edinho” Cholbi do Nascimento, who briefly played for his father’s former club Santos, had so far avoided serving time while his case underwent a lengthy appeals process.

But on Thursday a judge reaffirmed the conviction, reduced Edinho’s original 2014 sentence from 33 years to 12 years and 10 months, and ordered him to begin serving time.

The 46-year-old former goalkeeper spoke to reporters before turning himself in at a police station in the Brazilian port city of Santos.

“There’s great frustration because I am being accused of money laundering, but I never did that,” he said, according to the G1 news portal.


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