Lulas girlfriend, eager to reunite with her jailed lover, wrote on twitter shortly after the Supreme Courts decision to release him: Ill come to you and wait for me.
Shake your fist and leave the prison
Lula, 74, left the federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba in a black T-shirt and suit jacket, waving her fist and quickly surrounded by supporters and journalists, AFP reported on November 9.
Hours before his release, Lulas lawyers demanded the immediate release of the left-wing icon, who was jailed for eight years and 10 months on charges of corruption and money laundering.
Temporary release and appeal
Late Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned a rule requiring convicted prisoners to go to jail after their first appeal failed. Lula is one of thousands of criminals who could benefit from the decision.
These criminals will be free until they have exhausted their right to appeal. Observers say the process could take years in cases involving people who are able to pay for expensive lawyers.
Many of the people affected by the ruling are political and business leaders involved in a massive corruption investigation that began in 2014.
Cristiano Zanin, Lulas lawyer, earlier said Lula was very calm and the Supreme Court ruling gave him hope for justice.. Our judicial struggle continues, and our focus is on nullifying legal cases.
Supporters want Lula to leave the room where he was kidnapped for 580 days, walk in the crowd, he hugs people, we hug him and share this special moment, said Roberto Baggio, coordinator of the free Lula camp outside the prison.
Lovers often release information about Lulas prison
Lula and his girlfriend rosangira
Rosangela da Silva, a 52 year old sociologist nicknamed janja, has made friends with Lula since the 1990s and started dating Lula before she was jailed in April 2018. Rosangira visits the prison every week.
Lulas wife, who has been married for more than 40 years, died in February 2017. In recent months, Lula has repeatedly expressed her love for rosangila and plans to marry her after her release.
Rosangira often posts about Lula
Rosangira uses the Twitter account @ janja Lula, daSilva, and often posts about Lula. Shortly after the Supreme Courts decision to release him, she tweeted: Ill come to you and wait for me.
Last month, to celebrate Lulas 74th birthday, rosangira tweeted a picture of the left-wing leader, adding: today I just want you to give you endless love in my arms! Congratulations, my love! I love you forever.
Deny that all charges are politically motivated
After Lula came to power, Brazil experienced a historic boom from 2003 to 2010. He redistributed wealth, lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty and won praise.
In February, he was jailed for nearly 13 years in another corruption case, and still faces six other corruption trials.
Lula denied all the charges, saying they were politically motivated to keep him out of the 2018 presidential election, which was won by far right jair bolsonaro.
Current president borsonaro remained silent on the courts ruling. But his son attacked the decision on twitter.
Thousands of prisoners will be released and everyone will feel uneasy, wrote Carlos bolsonaro on twitter. Regardless of their political beliefs, there will be serious internal and external social and economic reactions.
Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who convicted Lula when he was a judge in 2017, said the Supreme Courts decision must be respected, but he noted that Congress can change the constitution or the law to allow convicted criminals to be imprisoned after the first appeal.
Lula and his girlfriend rosangira
Lula spoke to supporters, but after his release, his criminal record will prevent him from resuming his political career. He is the founder of the workers Party (PT). Thomaz Favaro of control risks, a consultancy, said Lulas release could boost the left, but paradoxically, it would also help borsonaro, who came to power in a wave of anti left sentiment in 2018. There will be more Lulas on the political stage, which will allow borsonaro to strengthen his role as leader of the anti left, Favaro said. Source: Southern Metropolis Daily Author: Shi Minglei editor in charge: Xiao Qigu nn6799
Lula speaks to supporters
However, when Lula is released, his criminal record will prevent him from resuming his political career. He is the founder of the workers Party (PT).
Thomaz Favaro of control risks, a consultancy, said Lulas release could boost the left, but paradoxically, it would also help borsonaro, who came to power in a wave of anti left sentiment in 2018.
There will be more Lulas on the political stage, which will allow borsonaro to strengthen his role as leader of the anti left, Favaro said.