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Brazil s leftist icon Lula walks free from jail

Brazil s leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva walked free from jail Friday after a year and a half behind bars for corruption following a court ruling that could release thousands of convicts. The former president, wearing a black T-shirt and suit jacket, pumped his fist in the air as he exited the federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba and was quickly mobbed by hundreds of supporters and journalists. Lula addressed the crowd, thanking his supporters, colleagues and lawyers, his voice at times drowned out by the cheers of the crowd and fireworks. I didn t think that today I could be here talking to men and women that during 580 days shouted good morning, good afternoon or goodnight, no matter if it was raining or 40 degrees (Celsius), he said, flanked by his girlfriend Rosangela da Silva, whom he kissed on stage. Lula s highly-anticipated exit from the facility where he had been held since April 2018 came hours after his lawyers requested the immediate ...


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