Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pele"s teenage son released from jail amid appeal

Pele with his son Edinho. Pic/AFP
Pele with his son Edinho. Pic/AFP

Rio de Janeiro: The son of football legend Pele will be allowed to appeal against a 13-year jail term as a free man, a Brazilian judge has ruled. Edson Cholbi Nascimento, known as Edinho, was originally given a 33-year prison sentence in 2014 for laundering money to a drug gang.

The 46-year-old was detained last week and ordered to begin serving a sentence that had been reduced to 12 years and 10 months. Butjudge Antonio Saldanha ordered Edinho be released by yesterday evening, according to the former Santos goalkeeper’s lawyers.

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