A judge ordered that Lula be freed three times but was overruled, as Brazilians compared the drama to a World Cup shootout

Supporters of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s jailed former president, hope that he may soon be released from prison following an extraordinary legal skirmish that almost saw him freed at the weekend.

Lula – who is serving a 12-year sentence for money laundering and corruption – has consistently proclaimed his innocence, saying his conviction was a politically-motivated attempt to stop him running for October’s presidential elections.

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