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Brazil: Lula marks 75 years of Auschwitz liberation with Sao Paulo Jewish community02:13

Brazil: Lula marks 75 years of Auschwitz liberation with Sao Paulo Jewish community

Brazil, Sao Paulo
January 31, 2020 at 12:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva blasted incumbent Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as he attended an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

In an event organised by the Sao Paulo Jewish community in Sao Paulo's Chemical Union centre, Lula was welcomed and cheered on by his supporters.

"To prove my innocence anything is valid, even death. But I will never kneel, not to anyone," said the former President who is now being threatened by a fresh wave of legal allegations.

Lula was convicted and sentenced to 12 years on charges of corruption and money laundering in January 2018 and was ordered to start serving his sentence before all his appeals were exhausted, by Brazil's Supreme Court in April 2018.

The former president's release last November was precipitated by a Supreme Court ruling which stated that people could only be imprisoned once all their higher court appeals have been exhausted, in a decision that granted almost 5,000 prisoners their liberty.

Brazil: Lula marks 75 years of Auschwitz liberation with Sao Paulo Jewish community02:13
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Former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva blasted incumbent Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as he attended an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

In an event organised by the Sao Paulo Jewish community in Sao Paulo's Chemical Union centre, Lula was welcomed and cheered on by his supporters.

"To prove my innocence anything is valid, even death. But I will never kneel, not to anyone," said the former President who is now being threatened by a fresh wave of legal allegations.

Lula was convicted and sentenced to 12 years on charges of corruption and money laundering in January 2018 and was ordered to start serving his sentence before all his appeals were exhausted, by Brazil's Supreme Court in April 2018.

The former president's release last November was precipitated by a Supreme Court ruling which stated that people could only be imprisoned once all their higher court appeals have been exhausted, in a decision that granted almost 5,000 prisoners their liberty.

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