New Delhi: Son of Brazilian football legend Pele was arrested after losing an appeal in a money laundering case on Tuesday in Brazil.
Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, known as Edinho, was earlier convicted this year and sentenced to 33 years in prison for laundering money to a drug gang. He had been allowed to remain free during the process, but a local judge yesterday rejected his appeal. He was taken into custody during a mandatory monthly visit to a court in the coastal city of Santos.
Even though, the former goal-keeper can still appeal to a higher court, the ruling judge said that the he must serve his jail term this time. The 44-year-old had previously denied the charges against him, although he publicly said he had used drugs out of curiosity after he quit professional soccer.
Edinho played in the early 1990s with Santos, the same club where his father played for most part of his career. After retirement, Edinho had been working as an assistant coach with the eight-time Brazilian champion.
Before this latest legal wrangle, he was sentenced for manslaughter for his part in a high-speed race, which resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in the 1990s. But was acquitted in 2005.
Pele, 74, was discharged on Saturday from hospital following a successful kidney operation. Regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, Pele won World Cup with Brazil in 1958, '62 and '70.
With agency inputs