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Brazil: Lula supporters celebrate in Sao Paulo as ex-pres. freed from prison

Brazil, Sao Paulo
November 09, 2019 at 03:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of supporters took to the streets of Sao Paulo to celebrate as former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was released from prison on Friday.

Demonstrators were seen chanting 'Lula is free,' while cheering and dancing.

Vitor, a supporter of the former president, associated Lula with his hopes for a better future for Brazil and said that "You cannot imagine what this day is for me, it is the victory of democracy."

Lula was convicted and sentenced to 12 years on charges of corruption and money laundering in January 2018 and was ordered to start serving his sentence before all his appeals were exhausted, by Brazil's Supreme Court in April 2018.

Lula's release was precipitated by a ruling by the Supreme Court on Thursday, which stated that people could only be imprisoned once all their higher court appeals have been exhausted, in a decision that is set to grant almost 5,000 prisoners their liberty.

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Hundreds of supporters took to the streets of Sao Paulo to celebrate as former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was released from prison on Friday.

Demonstrators were seen chanting 'Lula is free,' while cheering and dancing.

Vitor, a supporter of the former president, associated Lula with his hopes for a better future for Brazil and said that "You cannot imagine what this day is for me, it is the victory of democracy."

Lula was convicted and sentenced to 12 years on charges of corruption and money laundering in January 2018 and was ordered to start serving his sentence before all his appeals were exhausted, by Brazil's Supreme Court in April 2018.

Lula's release was precipitated by a ruling by the Supreme Court on Thursday, which stated that people could only be imprisoned once all their higher court appeals have been exhausted, in a decision that is set to grant almost 5,000 prisoners their liberty.

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