After Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a law requiring convicts to be imprisoned after losing an appeal, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was freed from prison on Friday, on a judge's orders. Lula was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of taking bribes from engineering firms when selecting government contracts. The Supreme Court's ruling was controversial because some analysts say the law was important in unraveling large-scale corruption cases by encouraging suspects to negotiate plea deals with prosecutors. Lula was president from 2003 until 2010, and was the frontrunner in the 2018 election until his arrest, which cleared the way for President Jair Bolsonaro's victory.

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