Lawyers of jailed Brazilian ex-president request his release
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Lawyers of jailed Brazilian ex-president request his release

Police attempt to defuse a situation between supporters of jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and President Jair Bolsonaro, as both groups keep vigil outside the Supreme Court in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Brazil’s highest court reached a narrow decision that could release almost 5,000 inmates who are still appealing their convictions, including jailed former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The country’s Supreme Court decided on a 6-5 vote Thursday night that a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals to higher courts have been exhausted. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

CURITIBA, Brazil — Lawyers for Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva have begun legal procedures requesting his release from prison.

Da Silva’s defence team filed the request Friday in a court in Curitiba, where the former leader has been detained since April 2018 after being convicted of corruption.

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

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

Da Silva, who governed from 2003 to 2010, says the case against him was politically motivated.

He was unable to run in the 2018 presidential election because of his conviction.

The Associated Press

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