Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has vowed to make life “hell” for the forces he says put him in prison.
Mr da Silva, who walked out of jail two weeks ago, told a crowd of cheering supporters he would fight Brazil’s far-right government.
“They don’t know what it is to face a 74-year-old passionate man,” said Mr da Silva, who governed Brazil from 2003 to 2010, and became one of the world’s most popular politicians before being ensnared in corruption scandals.
Mr da Silva was the star of the conference of his Workers’ Party, which started on Friday in Sao Paulo. Many still think he could be the party’s standard-bearer once again in 2022 – when he’ll be a 77-year-old cancer survivor who is currently barred from seeking office due to a corruption conviction.
Mr da Silva left jail earlier this month after 19 months when the country’s Supreme Court ruled that a person can be imprisoned only after all the appeals have been exhausted.
Brazil’s ex-president is still appealing two convictions for allegedly receiving favours from government contractors involving properties he used or was considering buying. If he loses his appeals in either conviction, he could be locked up again.
Mr da Silva has denied any wrongdoing and accuses prosecutors and Sergio Moro, then a judge and now justice minister in the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, of manipulating the case against him.