Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva has been released after the Supreme Court ruled he could not be imprisoned until all his appeals were exhausted. The popular leftist president was jailed on corruption charges. His supporters love him anyway.
After a year-and-a-half behind bars, leftist Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been released from prison. He had been arrested on charges of corruption and money laundering.
The leader of the opposition in Peru has been released from jail after spending more than a year there pending trial. She was accused of receiving illegal campaign contributions from a Brazilian construction firm.
In 2016 Brazil's Supreme Court ruled that defendants who failed a first appeal could be imprisoned. Now judges have overturned this, with potentially far-reaching consequences for Brazilian politics.
Former Brazilian President Lula, who was released from jail on Friday, has told supporters that he can beat incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in 2022. Bolsonaro described his leftist opponent as a "scoundrel."
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