One day after his release from prison, Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has sharply criticized the current head of state, Jair Bolsonaro. This in turn shot back on Twitter.
Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sharply criticized the current head of state Jair Bolsonaro in a speech. This was chosen to rule for the people, not for the militias in Rio de Janeiro, Lula said on Saturday in front of a cheering crowd on the outskirts of São Paulo, as shown on Brazilian television. Next to Lula were several leaders of his workers' party.
By militia paramilitary crime syndicates are meant, which, according to investigators control about 25 percent of the city of Rio. There had been speculation recently about possible connections between Bolsonaro's family and the militias.
Lula also railed against several members of Bolsonaro's cabinet, including the former judge and today's Justice Minister Sergio Moro. He was the investigating judge, the investigation of the great corruption scandal "Operacão Lava Jato" (Operation Car Wash) drove forward and sentenced Lula. He decided to face the arrest instead of leaving the country, Lula said. "Because I have to prove that Judge Moro was not a judge, he was a rogue who judged me."
Bolsonaro railed against Lulu on Twitter
Bolsonaro mentioned Lula in a Twitter post. "Give the rogue who is currently free, but full of guilt, no ammunition," wrote the right-wing president.
After 580 days behind bars, 74-year-old Lula left the police headquarters of the southern city of Curitiba on Friday, where he served an eight-year prison sentence for corruption since April 2018. A judge ordered his temporary release after the Supreme Court ruled that convicted criminals at first and second instance may be released until all possible legal remedies are exhausted.
Lula is said to have accepted from the construction company OAS the renovation of a luxury apartment in the coastal town of Guaruja and the company in return orders of semi-state oil company Petrobras have in prospect. The left-wing former head of state denies the allegations and speaks of a plot against him.
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