MADRID, Nov. 9 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has declared himself with “many desires for struggle” in a message dedicated to the group of former Latin American presidents of the left known as the Puebla Group shortly after his release from prison late This Friday.
“I want to constitute a strong Latin American regional integration” and “fight the rotten side of the Judiciary,” said the former president before congratulating the Argentine president and host of the group's meeting, in Buenos Aires, Alberto Fernández.
The former president left Friday in Curitiba prison, where for more than a year and a half he had been purging two convictions for corruption that amount to more than 20 years in prison, according to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court (STF) that allows him to wait in release a firm judgment of both processes.
Lula was sentenced in July 2017 to nine and a half years in prison for accepting a luxury triplex as payment to the political favors he made to the construction company OAS. Subsequently, the penalty was changed, first to twelve years and one month and finally to eight years and ten months.
Last February, the former union leader received a second conviction for corruption. This time, twelve years and eleven months in jail for the reforms that the construction companies OAS and Odebrecht made in a rural property attributed to Lula in Atibaia, Sao Paulo, also as payment to their political favors.