Bolsonaro on Lula’s Release: “Don’t Give Him Ammunition”

Angry at the release of Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, calls him “scoundrel” and asks his followers not to give him ammunition.

The president of Brazil, who until now was silent about the release of ex- president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, imprisoned since April 2018, has warned his followers on Saturday through his Twitter account that they cannot make mistakes. “Without a north or a leadership, the best troop becomes one that shoots everywhere,” he said.

For that reason he has asked them “not to give ammunition” to Lula, whom he calls “a rogue”. He also insists that “he is momentarily free but guilty.”

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The Brazilian president had so far refrained from commenting on the decision of the Supreme Court that on Friday allowed Lula’s release from Curitiba prison, where he was serving a sentence of 8 years and 10 months imprisonment for alleged passive corruption since April 2018 and money laundering, charges he rejects.

In his first speech after leaving prison, Lula pointed out that Bolsonaro, in his opinion, has worsened the standard of living of Brazilians and also against Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who illegally pushed the cases against him for political gain.

The imprisonment of Lula, a favorite candidate in all polls on voting intention in the face of the presidential elections, prevented him from running in the elections in October 2018, which led Bolsonaro to the Presidency of Brazil.

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Lula has denounced that he is the victim of a media “massacre”. His defense attorney states that his client was the target of judicial prosecution to prevent his return to the presidency of Brazil.

Judge Danilo Pereira ordered the release of Lula da Silva from prison after his lawyers formally requested his freedom on Friday, following the ruling adopted by the Supreme Court where he said that there could be no prisoners without a firm conviction.

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Featured image; The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, speaks during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, capital, November 5, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

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Translated by JRE/EF