Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a news conference after being convicted on corruption charges, in Sao Paulo, Brazil [File: Nacho Doce/Reuters]

A Brazilian judge on Friday ordered the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from prison, according to a court document, following a Supreme Court ruling ending the mandatory imprisonment of convicts after they lose their first appeal.

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

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Lula was jailed in 2018 for eight years and 10 months after he was found guilty of taking bribes from engineering firms in return for government contracts.

The controversial Supreme Court decision on Thursday could benefit dozens of other high-profile prisoners and thousands of other

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