Brazil Ex-President Lula Regains Freedom
Lula was held in a prison in the city of Curitiba on corruption charges. (image courtesy: AFP)

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was on Friday freed after over 18 months in jail.

Concise News understands that many supporters of the former president, held in a prison in the city of Curitiba on corruption charges, applauded him as he walked out of the jail.

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It was learned that a judge ordered his release after a Supreme Court ruling that defendants should only be imprisoned if they have exhausted their appeal options.

The 74-year-old ex-president, who led Brazil between 2003 and 2010, is seen as a leftist icon in the South American country.

“I didn’t think that today I could be here talking to men and women that during 580 days shouted good morning, good afternoon or goodnight, no matter if it was raining or 40 degrees [Celsius],” he told supporters.

He also promised to prove his innocence, before hitting out at the “rotten side of the judicial system”, which he accused of “working to criminalise the left”.