Brasilia: Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been released from prison where he was serving a 12 year corruption sentence. His release came after the country’s Supreme Court ruling that delighted his supporters and infuriated followers of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.
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Hundreds of supporters wearing red vests emblazoned with the face of the former president greeted him upon his release outside the federal police headquarters in the city of Curitiba, where he has been imprisoned for 580 days.
In a speech to the crowd, Lula thanked party militants who had camped outside throughout his imprisonment and attacked the “rotten side” of the police, prosecutors, tax office, and justice system for jailing him.
Lula was imprisoned in April 2018 after a sentence for corruption and money laundering handed down by the controversial judge Sergio Moro was upheld by an appeal court. He has always proclaimed his innocence and argued that the case against him was politically motivated.