Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva was released today after the Brazilian Supreme Court (Supreme Court) decided to annul arrests in the second instance, as was the case of the former head of state, arrested since April 2018.
Lula left the prison at 5:40 pm (another three hours in Lisbon), surrounded by a crowd wearing posters and banners with the phrases “Lula Livre”, “Lula is innocent” and fireworks.
The former president then took a stage to make his first speech after his release, which was mounted outside the Federal Police headquarters in Cutiriba.
Also on the stage is Fernando Haddad, who ran last year's presidential elections for the Workers Party (PT), and Gleisi Hoffmann, PT president.
When Lula da Silva took the stage, the Brazilian Anthem was sung.
The decision to release Lula da Silva was made today by Judge Danilo Pereira of the 12th Federal Criminal Court of Curitiba, who accepted the request for the defense of the former President of Brazil and authorized his departure from the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba, where was in prison for a year and seven months.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who ruled Brazil between 2003 and 2010, saw his release decided by a judge less than 24 hours after an STF ruling on Thursday altered case law and banned arrest after conviction in second instance of defendants appealing to higher courts.
The historic leader of the Workers Party (PT) was arrested after being convicted in the second instance by the Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region (TRF-4), in a case over the ownership of an apartment, which prosecutors claim to have him. was given as a bribe in exchange for advantages in contracts with the state oil company Petrobras by the construction company OAS.
Lula da Silva has announced that after leaving jail he intends to take part in major trips around the country, the famous "caravans", to increase their popularity and incorporate opposition to the country's President, Jair Bolsonaro.
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