Brazil’s top court has voted to overturn a rule about the jailing of criminals; a change which could lead to Ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva being freed from custody.


The ruling, which was announced yesterday stipulates that convicted criminals should go to prison only after they have exhausted their appeal options.


The change could lead to the release of thousands of prisoners, including Lula.


The left-winger led Brazil between 2003 and 2010, but was jailed last year.


He was favourite to win last year’s presidential election but was imprisoned after being implicated in a major corruption investigation.


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