Ex-Brazilian President Lula da Silva Freed from Jail after Supreme Court Verdict

  • The 74-year old leftist politician and ex-President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has been freed on Friday (November 8, 2019) after over-18-months in jail. After a Supreme Court judgment said that defendants can be imprisoned only if they’ve exhausted their appeal options at the higher court, a judge ordered his release. As Lula walked out of the prison in Curitiba city, thousands of his supporters dressed in red cheered for him. After his release, the ex-President and the Workers’ Party leader, who led the country for 7 years from 2003 to 2010, punched his fist into the air and vowed to fight for the poor people. He said: “People are hungrier, they have no jobs, people work for Uber or delivering pizzas on a bike.” While vowing to prove his innocence in the Car Wash corruption scandal, Lula hit out at the rotten side of the judicial system by accusing it of working towards criminalizing the left. Without naming Lula directly, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said: “Lovers of freedom and good, we are the majority. Without a north star and a directive, even the best troops become a band shooting at all sides, including friends…Do not give ammunition to the scoundrel, who is momentarily free but full of guilt.” Lula da Silva has arrived at the headquarters of the Metalworkers' Union near Sao Paulo on Saturday to address a huge crowd of his supporters.