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    President Bolsonaro Asks Brazilians to 'Not Give Ammunition' to 'Scoundrel' Lula

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    Former Brazilian President Lula Da Silva was released from jail on Friday on a court order. Da Silva was sentenced to 12 years in prison last year for money laundering and corruption.

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has called on his followers on Twitter not to "give ammunition" to former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva whom he referred to as a 'scoundrel'.

    "Lovers of freedom and goodness, we are a majority. We cannot make mistakes. [...]Do not give ammunition to the scoundrel, who is momentarily free but guilty," the Twitter post read.

    Bolsonaro's tweet comes in the wake of the release from prison of the former president of Brazil, Lula Da Silva.​

    Lula's Imprisonment

    Lula was put behind bars in April 2018, convicted of corruption and money laundering. Lula was initially handed a 12-year sentence. However, the courts reduced his sentence to eight years and 10 months in April.

    Lula was Brazil's president from 2003 to 2010 and had been among the favourites for the 2018 presidential election. His conviction presently bars him from running for political office.

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