11/20/2014 09:53 EST | Updated 01/20/2015 05:59 EST

Pele's son released from jail in Brazil to appeal money laundering conviction

SAO PAULO - The 44-year-old son of soccer great Pele has been released from jail and will remain free while he appeals a conviction in a money laundering case that involved a drug gang.

Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, known as Edinho, was released late Wednesday, a day after he was taken into custody in the coastal city of Santos. A judge had said he had to stay in jail during the appeal process, but his lawyers obtained a petition to free the former goalkeeper.

Edinho was handed a 33-year prison sentenced this year after being found guilty of laundering money to a drug gang.

The 74-year-old Pele, who underwent surgery to remove kidney stones last week, said he will not comment on the case.

Edinho played for Santos in the 1990s.