A judge in Brazil on Friday, November 8th, signed off on a court decision to release jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, after a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for thousands of convicts to be freed.
The order came hours after Lula's lawyers requested release of the 74-year-old ex-president following nearly a nine-year sentence for money laundering and corruption charges, according to AFP.
Lula is one of several thousand convicts who benefited from a decision issued Late Thursday by the Supreme Court that overturned a rule requiring convicted criminals to go to jail after losing their first appeal.
Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba where Lula has been held since April 2018 cheered after the order was issued, Buenos Aires Times has reported.
Activists say those convicts would remain free until they had exhausted their rights to appeal, but critics say the process could take years in cases involving people able to afford expensive lawyers.
The ex-president, having governed from 2003 to 2010, had been favoured to win the 2018 presidential election, but his conviction stopped blocked his running.