Brazilian judge orders release of ex-president Lula da Silva

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is set to walk out of prison after a judge ordered his release.

Federal police have to comply with Friday’s order “with urgency,” the decision says.

Da Silva has been detained since April 2018 after being convicted of corruption and money laundering.

The move follows a Supreme Court decision Thursday that a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals to higher courts have been exhausted.

Da Silva is still appealing the case that put him behind bars, related to the alleged purchase of a beachfront apartment in Sao Paulo state.

The former leader, who governed from 2003 to 2010, had been favoured to win the 2018 presidential election, but his conviction prohibited him from running.

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