By  on March 31, 2009

RIO DE JANEIRO — Eliana Tranchesi, owner of the chic São Paulo fashion emporium Daslu, was released from prison late Friday while she appeals her conviction for forming a criminal ring, tax evasion and falsification of documents, as well as her 94-year sentence.

Tranchesi was released 36 hours after her arrest, when Federal Judge Luiz Stefanini, of the 3rd Regional Court in São Paulo, granted a writ of habeas corpus that allows her to remain free while the appeal is ongoing, said her lawyer, Joyce Roysen.

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