Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice has received at least 145 appeals requesting the release of Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
He wants to contest the October elections despite having been jailed on corruption charges.
The appeals that the court received since on Monday were sent by ordinary people all over the country, the newspaper O Globo reported on Tuesday.
The appeals followed confusion over the case after a judge overturned a decision by another judge to release Lula pending an appeal.
The 72-year-old began a 12-year prison sentence in April after being convicted of corruption and money-laundering in connection with the renovation of a beachside penthouse.
The renovation was allegedly bankrolled by a company seeking contracts with the state oil giant Petrobras.
Lula supporters regard the court proceedings as a plot to prevent him from contesting presidential elections on October 7.
Opinion polls say Lula would win the elections with a large majority.