Brazil’s former president Lula to be released from prison – court order

A judge has ordered the release of former President of Brazil Lula da Silva from his jail. It follows a decision of the Supreme Court ruling that convicts are to be jailed only after exhausting all their appeal options.

On Friday, the judge accepted the request filed by the ex-president’s defense team, authorizing him to leave jail. Da Silva will now be able to stay out of prison until his appeal process continues.

Brazil has a four-level appeal system, while the former president has only gone through two of them. In both instances he was found guilty of corruption and money laundering.

The move follows the Thursday ruling by the county’s Supreme Court, which overturned in a 6-5 vote its own 2016 decision, which obliged convicted criminals to go to jail after they lose their first appeal. Now, the Court decided such a provision to be non-constitutional, since the country’s basic law says no one can be considered guilty until due process is over.

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