The Day Brazil’s Lula Was Almost Released From Prison

The surprising decision by Supreme Court Justice Mello would have freed over 169,000 people in jail but with their convictions still under appeal, including former president Lula.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Thousands of Brazilians celebrated on Wednesday afternoon a ruling by one of Brazil’s Supreme Court Justices, which would free former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.The celebration, however, was short lived, with the Chief Justice rejecting the ruling and setting for April 2019, the decision.

"The decision already taken by a majority of the members of the Court must be honored by the presidency," justified Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Antonio Dias Toffoli in his decision.

According to Toffoli, his colleague, Marco Aurelio Mello contradicted a ‘sovereign decision . . .

To read the full NEWS and much more, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?