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.
— Michael Fox (@mfox_us) November 8, 2019
A Brazilian judge just ordered former President Lula da Silva released from Sergio Moro’s prison.
An extraordinary day in Brazil – for the world, given Lula’s stature.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 8, 2019
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.
Aqui a decisão completa do juiz Danilo Pereira Júnior, determinando a soltura do ex-presidente Lula. pic.twitter.com/Eqp1Nj618r
— Tabata Viapiana (@tah_viapiana) November 8, 2019
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