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The Day Brazil’s Lula Was Almost Released From Prison

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 . . .

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