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Pele’s Son Losses Appeal, To Remain In Prison For Drug Charges

Son of Brazilian football legend, Pele, will return to prison after his appeal against a thirteen-year sentence for laundering drug-trafficking money was rejected.

Spokesperson for the Santos Police said Edson Edinho Cholbi do Nascimento, forty-six, turned himself into a police station in Sao Paulo on Friday afternoon.
One of seven children of three-time World Cup winner Pele, Edinho was found guilty of money laundering in 2014, although he had his original thirty-three-year sentence cut in February this year.

On Thursday, the Sao Paulo court of justice unanimously rejected an appeal against the conviction filed by his lawyer.
The lawyer said he would take the case to the Supreme Court, Brazil’s highest court.
Edinho, who played as a goalkeeper for Santos, was first arrested in 2005 after being accused based on phone tap evidence.
His father Pele is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time and won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

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