The Supreme approves repealing a law that could free Lula da Silva

He Supreme Court of Brazil has approved this Thursday to revoke a law that makes defendants go to prison after losing their first appeal, something that could mean the release of the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, which has been in prison since 2018 on charges of corruption.

According to the National Council of Justice (CNJ), the Supreme Court ruling also affects about 4,800 prisoners, among others the main condemned by the largest corruption investigation in Brazilian history, known as the ‘Lava Jato’ operation.

The Supreme Court, which has 11 members, has approved the decision with 6 votes in favor and 5 against repealing the law that establishes that convicts begin to serve their sentences after losing their first appeal and, instead, they are allow the long appeals process to be exhausted before serving the prison sentence.

The elected president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, celebrated this Thursday the decision of the Supreme Court of Brazil of repealing a law that makes defendants go to prison after losing their first appeal, something that could mean the release of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

"Brazil's Supreme Federal Court has decided that prison sentences are only enforceable once they have been finalized.", Fernandez said through his account on the social network Twitter." It is the same as we have been claiming in Argentina for years. It was worth the demand of so many! ", He said.

"Today is Lula, unjustly imprisoned. Lula libre!" Fernandez said during his speech. Hours earlier, the Argentine president-elect has congratulated Lula through his account on the social network Twitter. Lula da Silva sent a letter to Fernandez to congratulate him on his victory in the presidential elections. Fernandez has campaigned for his release before and after the elections.