Pele’s son to turn him­self in to serve drug sen­tence

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SAO PAULO: The son of soc­cer great Pele has pledged to turn him­self over to po­lice af­ter a court ruled he must serve al­most 13 years of a 33-year drug-traf­fick­ing sen­tence, his lawyer said.

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

A for­mer goal­keeper for Pele’s club San­tos, Ed­inho was found guilty of drug traf­fick­ing and money laun­der­ing in 2005

He has been fight­ing the charges.

A judge heard his ap­peal against the orig­i­nal 33-year sen­tence on Thurs­day and re­duced it to 12 years and 10 months.

His lawyer main­tained that Ed­inho, whose full name is Ed­son Cholbi do Nasci­mento, was in­no­cent and would con­tinue to fight the charges.

Pele, 76, is con­sid­ered the great­est player in foot­ball his­tory and helped Brazil to win three World Cup ti­tles – Reuters

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