Brazil: Lula denounces 'lying side' of Brazilian police, justice in first speech after release

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denounced the «lying side» of the Brazilian police, prosecution and justice that made an inquiry against him, addressing his supporters in Curitiba on Friday after being released from prison on the same day. «They didn't arrest a man, they tried to kill an idea. And an idea does not disappear,» Lula said. Lula compared lead prosecutor of... Еще Operation Car Wash Deltan Dallagnol, Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro and the Globo television network to a «gang and bunch» of mobsters scheming to create an image of him as an outlaw. The former Brazilian president lamented that «Brazil got worse» after he was arrested and the election «stolen» from former Worker's Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad. «I have a desire to prove that this country can be so much better when it doesn't have a government that lies as much on Twitter as [Brazilian President Jair] Bolsonaro lies, that has the courage to talk to its people about the solutions to the problems of the country,» Lula continued. 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. Mandatory credit: Brazil Workers' Party (PT) Mandatory credit: Brazil Workers' Party (PT)

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