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Former Brazil president freed from prison

 International Desk

 Published: 02:56 PM, 9 November 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been released from prison.

Hundreds of supporters greeted the politician outside the facility in the southern city of Curitiba on Friday after the South American country’s Supreme Court ruled a person can be imprisoned only after all the appeals have been exhausted.

The 74-year-old is appealing his conviction of corruption and money laundering in connection with the purchase of a beachfront apartment in Sao Paulo state.

Lula was jailed in 2018 for eight years and 10 months after he was found guilty of taking bribes from engineering firms in return for government contracts.

In his first speech to supporters waiting for him to walk free, Lula pledged to fight to establish his innocence and excoriated what he called the rotten side of the judicial system for working to criminalize the left.