Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

Ortega celebrates the release of former Brazilian president Lula da Silva

The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, celebrated Friday the release of Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who said "barrería" if at this time elections were held in Brazil and presented as a candidate.

In an official act, the Nicaraguan president said he followed Lula's release on television because he wanted to be sure if he was released or not.

He observed that Lula was released with vitality, strength, courage and with "that spirit that has not lost him", despite having remained in jail for a year 7 months, where he served a sentence for corruption.

The Sandinista leader sent greetings to Lula, the Workers Party and predicted that "if there were an election right now, Lula sweeps in that election, wins the election."

On Thursday, the Brazilian Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the imprisonment of any person convicted in the second instance and before all remedies in the field of Justice are exhausted, and thus determined the release of Lula, the historic leader of the Party of the Workers (PT).

The 74-year-old Brazilian ex-president, who claims to be a victim of a "judicial and political persecution," was imprisoned since April 7, 2018 in Curitiba, capital of the state of Paraná.

In addition to the conviction for what is known as the "triplex case," the former Brazilian union leader must still face a series of legal proceedings.

The former governor will now release a sentence of 8 years and 10 months in prison for passive corruption and money laundering, until all available resources in the Brazilian judicial system are exhausted, in accordance with the decision adopted by the Supreme Court of his country the day before. in a very tight vote (6-5).

At the time of his release from prison, he who was head of State of Brazil between 2003 and 2010 said that he will move to the city of São Paulo on Friday, where he hopes to meet his family and former collegiate of the metallurgists' union.

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