Pele's son out of jail just days after being given 13-year drug trafficking sentence

Edinho, like Pele, played for Santos but enjoyed little success during his playing career

Edinho seen with Pele in 2007

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The son of football legend Pele has been allowed to leave prison, just days after being condemned to serve nearly 13 years for drug trafficking.

Edson 'Edinho' Cholbi do Nascimento was handed the sentence last Thursday for laundering money from trafficked narcotics.

However Supreme Court magistrate Antonio Saldanha Palheiro has now decreed that the 46-year-old should be freed while an appeal by his lawyer is heard.

Edinho was originally convicted over a decade ago and sentenced to 33 years in jail in 2014, but remained free while he appealed this verdict.

Last week he turned himself into police hours after the sentence was commuted to 12 years and 10 months. The reduced sentence was agreed with Edinho's lawyer, and the court decreed that he must remain in prison while he appeals. 

Edinho played as a goalkeeper for Santos, the club graced by his father during the 1960s and 70s. However his own footballing career yielded little success, and he was arrested in 2005 in a police operation against the drug trafficking ring run by Ronaldo Duare Barostti, better known as Naldinho.

He completed six months in prison after being convicted, but was then freed on appeal - beginning a prolonged legal fight which culminated in the 33-year sentence imposed three years ago.

Edinho has consistently denied the charges against him, and claims he has been "massacred" by the Brazilian judiciary.