Following the decision of the Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), which determined the unconstitutionality of the arrest of the convicts in the second instance, the federal judge Danilo Pereira Junior ordered the release of the former president of the Republic, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva.
Lula left the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba, where he was imprisoned from April 2018, at 5.40 pm on 8 November 2019.
The decision does not resolve the judicial problems of the ex-president, who could return to prison if his sentence (at 8 years and 10 months) were to be confirmed by the STF. Furthermore, he was first convicted of another trial and is guilty of seven other legal proceedings.
There is already talk of his candidacy for the 2022 presidential election, but there are controversies about whether the sentence can open this possibility.
Certainly Lula’s return to freedom modifies the political scene, given that a great mobilization of the left is already being prepared; paradoxically, the return of Lula – considered by many to be the embodiment of Brazil’s corruption problems – could strengthen Bolsonaro’s position, now in a crisis of popularity.