Pele son Edinho sentenced to 33 years in Brazil for money laundering
The son of the Brazilian football legend Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in jail for laundering money raised from drug trafficking.
Edinho is a retired footballer who played goalkeeper for Pele’s old club, Santos, in the 1990s.
He was first arrested in 2005 and has served a sentence for drug trafficking offences and links with a notorious drug dealer in the city of Santos.
43 year old Edinho (full names : Edson Cholbi do Nascimento) who works as a goalkeeping coach at Brazilian club, Santos FC, admitted to being a drug addict but denied the trafficking charges.
This is not his first time of getting into drug related problems, he was first arrested in 2005 for a drug trafficking related offence and having ties to a known drug cartel boss in Brazil.
He has not been spotted by the media since his recent sentence and is expected to appeal.