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Brazil: Freed former president Lula warmly greeted in Salvador

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Hundreds gathered to greet former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who arrived in Salvador on Thursday for his first on-tour meeting with Workers’ Party leaders after his release from jail.

People were seen dancing and cheering for Lula and other Worker’s party leaders outside the meeting venue.

“It’s a big victory for the rule of law, because he was locked without crime, it represents a victory for the legality and the Brazilian constitution,” one of the event attendees said.

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 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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